He later admitted, however, to a second musical programme, drawn from a story by Anton Chekhov titled "Along the Way", in which a young girl meets an older man during a stormy, overnight stop at a roadside inn on Christmas Eve. The man shares with her the story of his life, beliefs, and past failures, as a blizzard rages on through the night.

Librettist (Based on a couplet from a poem of Mikhail Lermontov)
Date of composition 1893 (Summer 1893)
Premiered 1894, March 20th in Moscow, Russia
Dedicated to Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Type Symphonic Poem
Catalogue Op. 7
Approx. duration 15 minutes
Instruments Orchestra
Autotranslations beta Sergueï Rachmaninov: The Rock, Op. 7
Sergej Vasil'evič Rachmaninov: The Rock, Op. 7
Sergei Wassiljewitsch Rachmaninow: The Rock, Op. 7