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Johannes Brahms

Author : Johannes Brahms
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This book is a comprehensive collection of the letters of Johannes Brahms. Over 550 are included, virtually all uncut, and there are over a dozen published here for the first time in any language. The letters in this volume range from 1848 to just before his death. They include most of Brahm's letters to Robert Schumann, over a hundred letters to Clara Schumann, and the complete Brahms-Wagner correspondence. They are joined by a running commentary to form an absorbing narrative, documented with scholarly care, provided with comprehensive notes, but written for the general music lover. The work is generously illustrated, and contains several detailed appendices and an index. --From publisher's description.

Johannes Brahms

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First published in 2011. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Johannes Brahms

Author : Jan Swafford
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An illuminating new biography of one of the most beloved of all composers, published on the hundredth anniversary of his death, brilliantly written by a finalist for the 1996 National Book Critics Circle Award. Johannes Brahms has consistently eluded his biographers. Throughout his life, he attempted to erase traces of himself, wanting his music to be his sole legacy. Now, in this masterful book, Jan Swafford, critically acclaimed as both biographer and composer, takes a fresh look at Brahms, giving us for the first time a fully realized portrait of the man who created the magnificent music. Brahms was a man with many friends and no intimates, who experienced triumphs few artists achieve in their lifetime. Yet he lived with a relentless loneliness and a growing fatalism about the future of music and the world. The Brahms that emerges from these pages is not the bearded eminence of previous biographies but rather a fascinating assemblage of contradictions. Brought up in poverty, he was forced to play the piano in the brothels of Hamburg, where he met with both mental and physical abuse. At the same time, he was the golden boy of his teachers, who found themselves in awe of a stupendous talent: a miraculous young composer and pianist, poised between the emotionalism of the Romantics and the rigors of the composers he worshipped--Bach, Mozart, Beethoven. In 1853, Robert Schumann proclaimed the twenty-year-old Brahms the savior of German music. Brahms spent the rest of his days trying to live up to that prophecy, ever fearful of proving unworthy of his musical inheritance. We find here more of Brahms's words, his daily life and joys and sorrows, than in any other biography. With novelistic grace, Swafford shows us a warm-blooded but guarded genius who hid behind jokes and prickliness, rudeness and intractability with his friends as well as his enemies, but who was also a witty drinking companion and a consummate careerist skillfully courting the powerful. This is a book rich in secondary characters as well, including Robert Schumann, declining into madness as he hailed the advent of a new genius; Clara Schumann, the towering pianist, tormented personality, and great love of Brahms's life; Josef Joachim, the brilliant, self-lacerating violinist; the extraordinary musical amateur Elisabet von Herzogenberg, on whose exacting criticism Brahms relied; Brahms's rival and shadow, the malevolent genius Richard Wagner; and Eduard Hanslick, enemy of Wagner and apostle of Brahms, at once the most powerful and most wrongheaded music critic of his time. Among the characters in the book are two great cities: the stolid North German harbor town of Hamburg where Johannes grew up, which later spurned him; and glittering, fickle, music-mad Vienna, where Brahms the self-proclaimed vagabond finally settled, to find his sweetest triumphs and his most bitter failures. Unique to this book is the way in which musical scholarship and biography are combined: in a style refreshingly free of pretentiousness, Jan Swafford takes us deep into the music--from the grandeur of the First Symphony and the intricacies of the chamber work to the sorrow of the German Requiem--allowing us to hear these familiar works in new and often surprising ways. This is a clear-eyed study of a remarkable man and a vivid portrait of an era in transition. Ultimately, Johannes Brahms is the story of a great, backward-looking artist who inspired musical revolutionaries of the following generations, yet who was no less a prophet of the darkness and violence of our century. A biographical masterpiece at once wholly original and definitive.

Johannes Brahms Free But Alone

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Johannes Brahms was until now widely regarded as the archetype of the «absolute musician». Based on new research, the study shows how close autobiographic and poetic elements are in fact linked to his oeuvre. Like Robert Schumann, Brahms subscribed to an aesthetic of «poetic» music. In many of his compositions he got his inspiration from personal experiences, poems or images, as is shown by hitherto unpublished documents, letters, and diary entries, as well as from close analyses of individual works. Brahms's personality, too, is seen in a new way. He adopted Joseph Joachim's motto «Frei, aber einsam», «Free but Alone». The tonal code F - A - E, the musical symbol of this, recurs frequently in his works. Not least, the English version of the book, originally published in German in 1997, includes four additional chapters that investigate novel aspects by dealing in detail with the First Symphony, the German Requiem, Nänie and the Four Serious Songs. The American Brahms Society stressed the importance of the study for all those who want to come to know the unknown Brahms.

Johannes Brahms and Klaus Groth

Author : Peter Russell
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The relationship between the composer Johannes Brahms and the poet Klaus Groth was a very special one, and one that deserves greater recognition. Peter Russell has made careful selections from the 89 letters between the two that illuminate the personalities, lives and works of both men. Alongside the letters, Russell provides a substantial commentary that includes analyses of Brahms's music and critical assessment of Groth's poems.

The Organ Music of Johannes Brahms

Author : Barbara Owen
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The organ works of Johannes Brahms are a beautifully-crafted and much-cherished component of the repertoire of church and concert organists across the world. A central and long renowned figure in the organ field, Barbara Owen is proposing the first in-depth study of this corpus, consideringBrahms's organ works in relation to his background, methods, and overall artistic development. Precisely because the collection of organ works is not extensive, the pieces--composed periodically throughout Brahms's lifetime--map his path as a composer, pinpointing various stages in his artisticdevelopment. Brahms's early preludes and fugues for the organ, for example, foreshadow his fascination with, and developing skills in, counterpoint, which surface notably in later motets, chamber works, and larger compositions such as the piano variations, Deutsches Requiem, and Fourth Symphony.The chorale preludes not only display a mastery of counterpoint, but a wealth of signature "Brahmsian" characteristics in miniature--carefully sculpted melodic lines, chained thirds, inversions, polyrhythms, hidden symbolism, and occasional hints of atonality. The Organ Music of Johannes Brahms offers a detailed examination of Brahms's contacts with organs and organists, and analyses of each specific work and its place in Brahms's career. The body of the manuscript is devoted to the history and analysis of Brahms's individual organ works and theirinterpretation, focusing on the importance of his predecessors and contemporaries in the composition and performance of these pieces. Blending unique insights into composition and performance practice, this book targets the large, intellectually-minded community of organists (20,000 members in theAmerican Guild of Organists), and will be appreciated by performers, students, and scholars of the organ, Brahms, and Nineteenth Century music.

The Life and Times of Johannes Brahms

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Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany, to a family that lived in extreme poverty. Yet by the time of his death he had become one of the most financially successful classical music composers who ever lived. It wasn t easy. His family had to move several times while Hannes (as he was nicknamed) was still a boy. He had to go to work when he was just 13, playing the piano in rough waterfront taverns in Hamburg. Often he wouldn t come home until dawn. Brahms received his first big break when he was 20. The composer Robert Schumann called him a genius and a young eagle. Even then, it still took him many years to become famous. While he is most noted for his symphonies and concertos, it is likely that more people know him for his Cradle Song, better known as Brahms s Lullaby, which millions of mothers have sung to their young children to lull them to sleep.

The Life of Johannes Brahms Complete

Author : Florence May
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Johannes Brahms

Author : Jan Swafford
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A biography of the nineteenth-century German composer looks at his daily life, his associates--including his relationships with Robert Schumann, Clara Shumann, Richard Wagner, and Eduard Hanslick--and his achievements as a composer

Ein deutsches Requiem op 45

Author : Johannes Brahms
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The Cambridge Companion to Brahms

Author : Michael Musgrave
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This Companion gives a comprehensive view of the German composer Johannes Brahms (1833–97). Twelve specially-commissioned chapters by leading scholars and musicians provide systematic coverage of the composer's life and works. Their essays represent recent research and reflect changing attitudes towards a composer whose public image has long been out-of-date. The first part of the book contains three chapters on Brahms's early life in Hamburg and on the middle and later years in Vienna. The central section considers the musical works in all genres, while the last part of the book offers personal accounts and responses from a conductor (Roger Norrington), a composer (Hugh Wood), and an editor of Brahms's original manuscripts (Robert Pascall). The volume as a whole is an important addition to Brahms scholarship and provides indispensable information for all students and enthusiasts of Brahms's music.

Brahms and His World

Author : Peter Clive
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As an influential and well-connected composer, Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) had encountered, befriended, and collaborated with hundreds of people over his significant career. In Brahms and His World: A Biographical Dictionary, author Peter Clive provides extensive and up-to-date information on the composer's personal and professional association with some 430 persons. These persons include relatives, friends, acquaintances, and physicians; fellow musicians and composers whom Brahms particularly admired and in the editions of whose works he was involved; conductors, instrumentalists, and singers who took part in notable or first performances of his works; poets whose texts he set to music; publishers and artists; and even the rulers of certain German states with whom he had significant contact. Offering information not usually available in Brahms biographies, this volume combines findings from both primary and secondary sources, giving insights into Brahms' character, his life, and his career, and shedding light on the educated middle and upper class culture of the nineteenth century. A comprehensive chronology of Brahms' life, a bibliography, and two indexes round out this important reference guide.

Liebeslieder Neue Liebeslieder op 52 65

Author : Johannes Brahms
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Brahms A German Requiem

Author : Michael Musgrave
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A detailed study examining The German Requiem, Brahms's controversial, and his largest, masterpiece.

Brahms Studies

Author : David Lee Brodbeck
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The eight essays in Brahms Studies 2 provide a rich sampling of contemporary Brahms research. In his examination of editions of Brahms?s music, George Bozarth questions the popular notion that most of the composer?s music already exists in reliable critical editions. Daniel Beller-McKenna reconsiders the younger Brahms?s involvement in musical politics at midcentury. The cantata Rinaldo is the centerpiece of Carol Hess?s consideration of Brahms?s music as autobiographical statement. Heather Platt?s exploration of the twentieth-century reception of Brahms?s Lieder reveals that advocates of Hugo Wolf?s aesthetics have shaped the discourse concerning the composer?s songs and calls for an approach more clearly based on Brahms?s aesthetics. In his examination of the rise of the ?great symphony? as a critical category that carried with it a nearly impossible standard to meet, Walter Frisch provides a rich context in which to understand Brahms?s well-known early struggle with the genre. Kenneth Hull suggests that Brahms used ironic allusions to Bach and Beethoven in the tragic Fourth Symphony in order to subvert the enduring assumption that a minor-key symphony will end triumphantly in the major mode. Peter H. Smith examines Brahms?s late style by concentrating on Neapolitan tonal relations in the Clarinet Sonata in F Minor. Finally, David Brodbeck delineates the complex evolution of Brahms?s reception of Mendels-sohn?s music.

Violin Sonata No 2 By Johannes Brahms For Piano and Violin 1886 Op 100

Author : Johannes Brahms
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Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.

Johannes Brahms

Author : Johannes Brahms
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The Schumanns and Johannes Brahms

Author : Eugenie Schumann
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Eugenie Schumann, youngest daughter of the famed composer Robert Schumann and his wife Clara discusses her memories of her life, and her studies with Johannes Brahms. Drawing upon correspondences between members of the Schumann family, Eugenie relates her memories of childhood and education, and her experiences learning music under the tutorship of Johannes Brahms. The ongoing fame of her mother Clara Schumann meant the family was consistently under the musical spotlight, the public eager for each new performance and composition. Eugenie's recollections of her siblings are poignant: more than once, we hear of the pressure her siblings were under to meet the achievements of their gifted parents. Despite these stresses, Eugenie places emphasis on her mother's caring and compassionate nature ? though the encroaching demands of fame were a fact of the Schumann family life, Clara Schumann is praised for her efforts at keeping the family united.

Johannes Brahms IV Symphonie e Moll op 98

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Brahms Beyond Mastery

Author : Robert Pascall
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Among the early works of Johannes Brahms are the neo-baroque Sarabande and Gavotte. These dances have not been properly recognised as constituting a distinct Brahms' work before now, but manuscript evidence and their performance history indicate that Brahms thought of them as such in the mid-1850s. He later suppressed the dances, using them instead as a thematic quarry for three chamber music masterpieces. This book gives an account of the compositional and performance history, stylistic features and re-uses of the dances, setting these in the wider context of Brahms' developing creative concerns and trajectory.