Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms Author Jan Swafford
ISBN-10 9780307809896
Release 2012-01-11
Pages 752
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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. From the Hardcover edition.



The Variations of Johannes Brahms

The Variations of Johannes Brahms Author Julian Littlewood
ISBN-10 0954012348
Release 2004
Pages 369
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Variation is a fundamental musical principle, yet its most naked expression - variation form - resists all but the broadest of descriptions. This book offers listener, performer, analyst and composer an eclectic array of approaches to `Theme and Variations', including: patterns of departure and return; real versus perceived time; strategies of propulsion and closure in an intrinsically cyclic and open-ended form; the interplay of authorial voices deriving from dialogue between the `self' of variations and the `other' of their theme; critique of a theme through a set's generic references; drama and narrative achieved through textural and tonal control; and the intrinsic sound of a variation, so different from that of a freely composed work. These topics are introduced through a general survey of the form, seen through the prisms of the provenance of themes and the ideologies of sets, before being developed through close study of Brahms's variation sets and movements. Brahms was supremely aware of his place in music history and was uncommonly self-conscious in his manipulation of different techniques of composition. His variation sets - some of the most well-crafted and beloved examples - place the interplay of forms and styles at the heart of their identity. Moreover, in their stunning breadth and diversity they offer a microcosm of Brahms's entire output, a succinct revelation of his life-long concerns. Through them we marvel at his technical and poetic mastery, and journey to the heart of his creative character.



Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms Author Heather Platt
ISBN-10 9781135847081
Release 2012-07-26
Pages 576
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First published in 2011. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.



Johannes Brahms and Klaus Groth

Johannes Brahms and Klaus Groth Author Peter Russell
ISBN-10 075465544X
Release 2006
Pages 187
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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.



Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms Author Johannes Brahms
ISBN-10 0199247730
Release 2001
Pages 858
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'Styra Avins's massive selected letters, scrupulously translated in collaboration with Josef Eisinger has rapidly established itself as the classic text, with her linking narrative and annotations virtually doubling as a biography' -BBC Music Magazine'Occasionally a book comes along which changes perceptions of its subject. This is such a book. Her annotations are not only scholarly but often witty and always full of common sense' - Michael Kennedy, Sunday Telegraph'Delightful and absorbing. It is going to become an absolutely central work of reference: I expect to be using it for the rest of my life' -Calum MacDonald, BBC Music MagazinePublished to mark the centenary of Brahms's death in 1897, this is the first comprehensive English language collection of Brahms's letters. It contains over 550 letters, including more than a dozen previously unpublished in any language. The letters are woven together with an extended biographical narrative, and span the entire life of the composer. The book is written for the general music-lover, but is documented with scholarly care. Brahms enthusiasts will enjoy learning from his own words about the man who wrote such great music.



The Songs of Johannes Brahms

The Songs of Johannes Brahms Author Eric Sams
ISBN-10 0300079621
Release 2000
Pages 370
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"Essential to the composer's method of song-writing was a harmony between musical form and poetic text. Sams takes us right to the heart of that creative method and helps to explain how and why a particular part of the text matches a particular piece of music. He includes a list of the motifs employed by Brahms to help show how the mind of the composer worked when seeking apposite music for the imagery of the poem."--Jacket.



Johannes Brahms Free But Alone

Johannes Brahms  Free But Alone Author Constantin Floros
ISBN-10 3631612605
Release 2010
Pages 291
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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," "Nanie" 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."



Late Idyll

Late Idyll Author Reinhold Brinkmann
ISBN-10 067451176X
Release 1995
Pages 241
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Brinkmann guides us through Brahms's Second Symphony, examining musical ideas in all their compositional facets and placing them in the context of major trends in the intellectual history of late nineteenth-century Europe.--Derived from book cover.



Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms Author Hermann Deiters
ISBN-10 HARVARD:32044041018292
Release 1888
Pages 168
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Nanie Nenia

Nanie Nenia Author Johannes Brahms
ISBN-10 1457481154
Release 1999-08-26
Pages 24
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Brahms' Opus 82, for chorus and orchestra, titled "Nänie" (the German form of the Latin word "nenia," meaning "a funeral song") sets to music a poem by Friedrich Schiller. Brahms composed the piece in 1881, in memory of his deceased friend, Anselm Feuerbach. Choral score with piano accompaniment. Text in German and English.



Recollections of Johannes Brahms

Recollections of Johannes Brahms Author Albert Hermann Dietrich
ISBN-10 9780898751413
Release 2000-12-01
Pages 224
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Johannes Brahms studied the piano from the age of seven and theory and composition (with Eduard Marxsen) from 13, gaining experience as an arranger for his father's light orchestra while absorbing the popular all zingarese style associated with Hungarian folk music. In 1853, on a tour with the Hungarian violinist Reményi, he met Joseph Joachim and Liszt; Joachim, who became a lifelong friend, encouraged him to meet Robert Schumann. Fundamentally reserved, logical and studious, Brahms was fond of taut forms in his music, though he used genre distinctions loosely. In the piano music, for example, which chronologically encircles his vocal output, the dividing lines between ballads and rhapsody, and capriccio and intermezzo, are vague, such terms refer more to expressive character than to musical form. As in other media, his most important development technique in the piano music is variation, whether used independently (simple melodic alteration and thematic cross-reference) or to create a large integrated cycle in which successive variations contain their own thematic transformation (as in the Handel Variations).



Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms Author Ivor Keys
ISBN-10 UOM:39015064180030
Release 1989
Pages 310
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Johannes Brahms and nineteenth century comic ideology

Johannes Brahms and nineteenth century comic ideology Author George-Julius Papadopoulos
ISBN-10 STANFORD:36105119431232
Release 2003
Pages 748
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The Compleat Brahms

The Compleat Brahms Author Leon Botstein
ISBN-10 0393047083
Release 1999
Pages 448
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Covers every work written by Brahms, also provides details of each work's composition and discusses its important features



Johannes Brahms Violin Sonata No 1 Op 78 A Score for Violin and Piano

Johannes Brahms   Violin Sonata No 1   Op 78   A Score for Violin and Piano Author Johannes Brahms
ISBN-10 9781447441144
Release 2012-01
Pages 34
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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms Author Peter Dedel
ISBN-10 UOM:39015018073380
Release 1978-01-01
Pages 86
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Violin Sonata No 3 by Johannes Brahms for Piano and Violin 1888 Op 108

Violin Sonata No 3 by Johannes Brahms for Piano and Violin  1888  Op 108 Author Johannes Brahms
ISBN-10 144651689X
Release 2010-11
Pages 44
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