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Born in 1873 in Semyonovo, Sergei Rachmaninoff is a Russian composer, virtuoso pianist and conductor who became a naturalised American citizen. He studied at the St Petersburg Conservatory and later at the Moscow Conservatory. When the Revolution came in 1917, he decided to leave Russia to tour in America and Western Europe. He is particularly known for his famous concertos for piano No. 2 and No. 3, his symphonic poem Isle of the Dead and his Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. His work, most of which was written for piano, was firmly in the Romantic tradition and was heavily influenced by Tchaikovsky. Rooted in tonality, his lyrical, tormented style is characterised by the expressiveness of the nuances, the refined sobriety of the themes and the translation of emotions through an expansion of the harmonic palette.

  • Design: Gueorgui CHICHKINE
  • Line-engraving: Pierre ALBUISSON
  • Printing process: 3 colours steel-engraving 
  • Size of the stamp: 40,85 x 52 mm vertical
  • Quantity of issue: 36 000 stamps
  • Sheet of 6 stamps with illuminations

Part First part
Year 2023
Design Gueorgui CHICHKINE
Line-engraving Pierre ALBUISSON
Printing process 3 colours steel-engraving
Issue date 22 March 2023
Size of the stamp 40,85 x 52 mm vertical
Quantity of issue 36 000 stamps
Note Sheet of 6 stamps with illuminations