Sergey Vasilyevich Rakhmaninov is the largest Russian composer, pianist and conductor of the turn of the XIX-XX centuries. His life and work are closely connected with the Novgorod land, where the monument to him was opened on June 14, 2009. The author of the monument is the sculptor A. I. Rukavishnikov.
Novgorodians associate the history of their city with Sergei Rakhmaninov’s music. That is why the opening of the monument was financed not only with the help of local organizations, but also funds raised by citizens. Sonatas, concerts, symphonies of the composer play quietly around the monument, as if the whole atmosphere around helps tourists feel part of the story.
Try checking your Shazam app for classic knowledge: can it distinguish Sonata No. 2 from variations on the theme of Niccolò Paganini? An interesting fact: they made a monument in Moscow, and then a three-ton four-meter sculpture was moved to Veliky Novgorod, after informing the citizens about the long-awaited opening of the monument. The alert was not standard: it was not an article, not an announcement on the radio. The city included the music of Sergei Rachmaninov, immersing residents in the atmosphere of the classics.
The monument was consecrated by the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church and for good reason: Sergey Rakhmaninov left Russia in 1917 and did not have the right to return to it. But at the same time, he always remained a patriot of Russia and his faithful son. Therefore, during the Great Patriotic War, the composer collected money from his concerts and sent them to the Soviet government with the words: “From one of the Russians, feasible help to the Russian people in their struggle with the enemy. I want to believe, believe in complete victory. ”
And today, thanks to the Novgorodians, who honor their history with dignity, Sergey Rakhmaninov, the genius of the Russian land, has returned to his homeland.