Johannes Brahms by Johannes Brahms
Life and Letters

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This book is the first comprehensive collection of the letters of Johannes Brahms ever to appear in English. Over 550 are included, virtually all uncut, and there are over a dozen published here for the first time in any language. Although he corresponded throughout his life with some of the great performers, composers, musicologists, writers, scientists, and artists of the day, and although thousands of his letters have survived, English readers have until now had scant opportunity to meet Brahms in person, through his words, and in his own voice.

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 result is a lively biography. The work is generously illustrated, and contains several detailed appendices and an index.
 

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Styra Avins is Adjunct Professor of Music History at Drew University, New Jersey. Josef Eisinger is Professor Emeritus of Physics and Biophysics at Mount Sinai Medical School, New York.
 
Published February 19, 1998 by Oxford University Press. 912 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Where some leave long paper trails, Brahms, hoping to let his music rather than his personal life be the legacy on which later generations judged him, destroyed countless personal documents, letters, and music scores he deemed unworthy or compromising.

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All the major works are carefully examined, and Swafford is no less attentive to Brahms's most significant human relationships (the 40-year alliance with the almost superhuman Clara Schumann, for instance, is superbly evoked in all its alternating tenderness and anguish).

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The Telegraph

Following its editions of the complete songs of Schubert, Schumann, Strauss and Fauré, Hyperion now embarks on Brahms’s solo vocal works, with the tireless Graham Johnson once again curating the programmes and writing the scholarly sleeve notes as well as providing supremely sensitive pi...

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The New York Review of Books

Each print has an approximate image size of 7-1/2" x 10-1/2", is printed on heavy white archival paper, and comes in a matte black wood-composite 12" x 16" glass frame with an off-white acid-free archival mat.

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Scholars have tended to view the organ works as an adjunct to the piano music rather than seeing them as idiomatic works that are more closely linked to his contrapuntal choral works than anything else.

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Joel pauses on the little terrace before Hanne's front door.

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75) in the variations on chosen themes, subsequent chapters explore how implied narratives in the song-based "Andante" variations from the early piano sonatas (these first traced by George Bozarth), and modal shifts in Brahms's Lieder inform the variation movements from the op.

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Peter Burkholder has even posited that Brahms's manner of gathering in and using his musical inheritance showed an essential way forward for the modern composer: 'Brahms .

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Scholars have tended to view the organ works as an adjunct to the piano music rather than seeing them as idiomatic works that are more closely linked to his contrapuntal choral works than anything else.

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The Berkshire Review

Michael Miller, Editor and Publisher of New York Arts and The Berkshire Review, an International Journal for the Arts, was trained as a classicist and art historian at Harvard and Oxford, worked in the art world for many years as a curator and dealer, and contributed reviews and articles to Bosto...

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