This inversion is really mystical.
Brahms missed it out. Paganini the author also.
Why Rach have a chance to discover it?
The inversion is really mythically much attractive
than the original theme.
--- In email@example.com, mike0418 wrote:
> I'll reply to II. The rhapsody is based on the
> last of Paganini's 24 caprices for solo violin. Lizst
> and Brahms had previously used the work.<br><br>The
> piece is interesting to composers because it is
> infinitely flexible since it consists of a perfect cadence
> (literally in the first half and harmonically in the second)
> and has a repeating four note melody.<br><br>The
> rhapsody is in a sonata format with var 1-11 being the
> first movement, 12-18 the second and 19-24 the third.
> The piece is popular because it has many appealing
> characteristics - beautiful melodies, virtuosity, and a tight
> cohesive structure. It was so popular when premiered that
> Rachmaninoff was asked to record it after only four
> performances.<br><br>The famous 18th variation is an inversion of
> theme (amazing!).