“When I dial the telephone,
— Eric Carmen, song writer, lyricist, singer, musician. Lyrics from “All by Myself” (melody from Sergei Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto, 2nd movement)
At its 1897 premiere, Rachmaninoff’s first symphony, though now considered a significant achievement, was derided by contemporary critics. Compounded by problems in his personal life, Rachmaninoff fell into a depression that lasted for several years. His second piano concerto confirmed his recovery from clinical depression and writer’s block, cured only by a course of hypnotherapy. The concerto was dedicated to Nikolai Dahl, a physician who had done much to restore Rachmaninoff’s self-confidence.
Art Quotes Art here in the popular 1975 song “All by Myself” by Eric Carmen. Like Rachmaninoff, Carmen has filled this work with a similar lonely, longing and depressive feel. At the time Carmen, a classically trained pianist, “thought that Rachmaninoff’s music was in the public domain and no copyright existed on it. Subsequent to the release of the album, he was contacted by the Rachmaninoff estate and informed otherwise. An agreement was reached in which the estate would receive 12 percent of the royalties from “All by Myself” as well as from “Never Gonna Fall in Love Again”, which was based on the third movement from Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2.”
To date there have been 86 cover versions of Carmen’s “All by Myself”