Michael Smuin
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Somewhere in Time/Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (Variation 18) - Sergei Rachmaninov

Sit_2 Earlier this week, we watched Somewhere in Time (with Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer).  Dear husband and I had seen this years ago, and I remembered liking it (at least for the most part). 

The performances by all three actors are excellent, though Christopher Plummer always stands out in whatever he does.  The movie is a romance, but not a usual one - for reasons which I won't describe because that would give away the movie.   The movie gradually unfolds with beautiful scenery and interesting characters (but if you want a fast paced time travel movie, you won't just be disappointed, you'll be pulling your hair out).

The eighteenth variation from the Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini by Rachmaninov runs through the entire movie, and has been running through my mind, off and on, ever since.  It's a beautiful, very romantic, piece of music.  Rachmaninov himself said, about the eighteenth variation, "This one is for my agent."  Here is a YouTube video of part of a performance of Mikhail Pletnev playing the Rhapsody.  The eighteenth variation is the first one on the video. 


Charles R Loepkey

Paganini's 18th variation of his 24th caprice is ecstasy in music.

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