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Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18, 1901
Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40, 1926, revised in 1941
Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, 1934
Polichinelle Op 3 No 4, 1892, Transferred from the original 78 rpm record. The work was created & performed by himself Sergei Rachmaninoff. Recorded in March 1923. Victor Talking Machine Label.
Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27, 1908,
Piano Sonata No. 2, Op. 36, 1913, revised in 1931
Prelude in G Minor, Op. 23, No. 5, Played by Rachmaninoff in 1923, 1901-1903
An inventor's endeavor is essentially lifesaving. Whether he harnesses forces, improves devices, or provides new comforts and conveniences, he is adding to the safety of our existence. He is also better qualified than the average individual to protect himself in peril, for he is observant and resourceful.
More than this, thru ignorance and lightheartedness, I got into all sorts of difficulties, dangers and scrapes from which I extricated myself as by enchantment.
I was almost drowned a dozen times; was nearly boiled alive and just mist being cremated. I was entombed, lost and frozen. I had hair-breadth escapes from mad dogs, hogs, and other wild animals. I past thru dreadful diseases and met with all kinds of odd mishaps and that I am hale and hearty today seems like a miracle. But as I recall these incidents to my mind I feel convinced that my preservation was not altogether accidental.
The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It is the most important product of his creative brain.
Its ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human needs.
This is the difficult task of the inventor who is often misunderstood and unrewarded. But he finds ample compensation in the pleasing exercises of his powers and in the knowledge of being one of that exceptionally privileged class without whom the race would have long ago perished in the bitter struggle against pitiless elements.
When in 1900 I obtained powerful discharges of 100 feet and flashed a current around the globe, I was reminded of the first tiny spark I observed in my Grand Street laboratory and was thrilled by sensations akin to those I felt when I discovered the rotating magnetic field.
From many other considerations it appeared desirable to invent a simpler device for the production of electric oscillations.
As I uttered these inspiring words the idea came like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed. I drew with a stick on the sand the diagrams shown six years later in my address before the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, and my companion understood them perfectly. The images I saw were wonderfully sharp and clear and had the solidity of metal and stone, so much so that I told him: "See my motor here; watch me reverse it." I cannot begin to describe my emotions. Pygmalion seeing his statue come to life could not have been more deeply moved. A thousand secrets of nature which I might have stumbled upon accidentally I would have given for that one which I had wrested from her against all odds and at the peril of my existence.
For a while I gave myself up entirely to the intense enjoyment of picturing machines and devising new forms. It was a mental state of happiness about as complete as I have ever known in life. Ideas came in an uninterrupted stream and the only difficulty I had was to hold them fast. The pieces of apparatus I conceived were to me absolutely real and tangible in every detail, even to the minute marks and signs of wear. I delighted in imagining the motors constantly running, for in this way they presented to mind's eye a more fascinating sight. When natural inclination develops into a passionate desire, one advances towards his goal in seven-league boots. In less than two months I evolved virtually all the types of motors and modifications of the system which are now identified with my name. It was, perhaps, providential that the necessities of existence commanded a temporary halt to this consuming activity of the mind.
From many other considerations it appeared desirable to invent a simpler device for the production of electric oscillations.
In 1856 Lord Kelvin had exposed the theory of the condenser discharge, but no practical application of that important knowledge was made. I saw the possibilities and undertook the development of induction apparatus on this principle. My progress was so rapid as to enable me to exhibit at my lecture in 1891 a coil giving sparks of five inches.
My alternating system of power transmission came at a psychological moment, as a long-sought answer to pressing industrial questions, and altho considerable resistance had to be overcome and opposing interests reconciled, as usual, the commercial introduction could not be long delayed.
If we could produce electric effects of the required quality, this whole planet and the conditions of existence on it could be transformed. The sun raises the water of the oceans and winds drive it to distant regions where it remains in a state of most delicate balance. If it were in our power to upset it when and wherever desired, this mighty life-sustaining stream could be at will controlled. We could irrigate arid deserts, create lakes and rivers and provide motive power in unlimited amounts. This would be the most efficient way of harnessing the sun to the uses of man. The consummation depended on our ability to develop electric forces of the order of those in nature.
The inter-connection of the existing telegraph exchanges or offices all over the world;
The establishment of a secret and non-interferable government telegraph service;
The inter-connection of all the present telephone exchanges or offices on the Globe;
The universal distribution of general news, by telegraph or telephone, in connection with the Press;
The establishment of such a 'World-System' of intelligence transmission for exclusive private use;
The inter-connection and operation of all stock tickers of the world;
The establishment of a 'World-System' of musical distribution, etc.;
The universal registration of time by cheap clocks indicating the hour with astronomical precision and requiring no attention whatever;
The world transmission of typed or handwritten characters, letters, checks, etc.;
The establishment of a universal marine service enabling the navigators of all ships to steer perfectly without compass, to determine the exact location, hour and speed, to prevent collisions and disasters, etc.;
The inauguration of a system of world-printing on land and sea;
The world reproduction of photographic pictures and all kinds of drawings or records.
The transmitter was to emit a wave complex of special characteristics and I had devised a unique method of telephonic control of any amount of energy. The tower was destroyed two years ago but my projects are being developed and another one, improved in some features, will be constructed.
In demonstrating my invention before audiences, the visitors were requested to ask any questions, however involved, and the automaton would answer them by signs. This was considered magic at that time but was extremely simple, for it was myself who gave the replies by means of the device.
Telautomata will be ultimately produced, capable of acting as if possest of their own intelligence, and their advent will create a revolution.
I generated new machines from my original drawings in the United States Patent and Trademark Office database.
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