Time for a tone poem: a young Rachmaninov found inspiration in a poem by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, cousin to Lev Tolstoy.
Rachmaninov was barely 18 years old at the time of this composition. The piece was completed in 1891, but it was never performed during his lifetime. The premiere only came in 1945, two years after the composer’s death.
The single most famous musical passage from Delius’ third opera “Koanga” contains the melody known as La Calinda, which is the only part of the score that has remained famous in the concert hall.