Johannes Brahms

Symphonies no. 1 c minor op. 68 and no. 2 D major op. 73, arranged for Piano 4-hands

Robert Pascall (Editor)


Complete Edition with critical report, clothbound, Serie IA, Band 1

Pages 271 (XX+251), Size 25,5 x 32,5 cm

Weight 1423 g

HN 6011 · ISMN 979-0-2018-6011-4

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  • Symphony no. 2 D major op. 73

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About the composer

Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms

His significant output comprises chamber music, piano works, numerous choral compositions and songs (including settings of folk-song lyrics), as well as large-scale orchestral works in the 1870s and 1880s. His compositions are characterized by the process of developing variation. He is considered an antithesis to the New German School around Liszt, and an advocate of “absolute” music.

1833Born in Hamburg on May 7, the son of a musician. His first piano instruction with Willibald Cossel at age seven, then with Eduard Marxen; first public performances from 1843.
1853Concert tour through German cities; he meets Schumann, who announces him as the next great composer in his essay “Neue Bahnen” (“New Paths”). A lifelong, intimate friendship develops with Clara Schumann.
1854–57Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15.
1857–59Choir director, pianist, and teacher at the royal court in Detmold.
1859–61Director of the Hamburg Women’s Choir.
1860Manifesto against the New Germans around Liszt.
1863Cantata “Rinaldo,” Op. 50.
1863–64Director of the Wiener Singakademie.
1868Partial performance in Vienna of “A German Requiem,” Op. 45 (the complete work premiered in Leipzig in 1869)
1871–74Artistic director of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Society of Friends of Music) in Vienna.
1873Haydn Variations, Op. 56a, for orchestra.
from 1877His symphonic output begins with the Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68 (begun 1862); composition of the Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73; the Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90 (1883); and Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (1884–85): cantabile themes, chamber-music-like style.
from 1878Travels in Italy.
1878Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 77, for Joseph Joachim.
1881Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83, with a scherzo movement.
1886Honorary president of Vienna’s Tonkünstlerverein (Association of Musicians).
1897Four Serious Songs, Op. 121. Dies in Vienna on April 3.

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About the authors

Robert Pascall

Robert Pascall (Editor)

Prof. Dr. Robert Pascall (b. Colwyn Bay, 1944, d. June 9, 2018) studied under Sir Jack Westrup at Oxford. He wrote books, analyses and editions of music from Bach to Schoenberg, with a special focus on Brahms. He was Professor and Head of Music at the University of Nottingham 1988-1998 and at Bangor University 1998-2005.

Until his death he was Honorary Professor of Music Philology at the University of Cambridge. He acted as Vice-chair of the new Complete Brahms Edition from its inception in 1991 and was then a member of its Beirat. He edited the symphonies for this edition, including Brahms’s own arrangements of them for piano duet, and advised conductors and orchestras on historically informed performance of Brahms’s music. He was President of the Society for Music Analysis 1996-2000, and was Corresponding Director of the American Brahms Society and an Honorary Member of the Royal Musical Association.

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Die Edition ist mit mustergültiger Akribie ausgeführt, der Editionsbericht gibt auf etwa 80 Seiten erschöpfende Auskunft über jede noch so kleine Lesart oder Änderung innerhalb der Quellen; sinnvollerweise werden die Herausgeber-Eingriffe mit kleinem Pfeil aus der Masse der Anmerkungen herausgehoben. Sehr instruktiv sind auch die zahlreichen Faksimiles aus Autographen, Korrekturabzügen und Erstdrucken, die ganz gezielt erwähnenswerte Revisionen und Übergangsstadien zeigen.
[Die Musikforschung, 2010]

Dass diese bemerkenswerten 'Übersetzungen' nicht länger im Verborgenen schlummern, ist das Verdienst des renommierten Brahms-Experten Robert Pascall, ... der sie im Rahmen der neuen Brahms-Gesamtausgabe in mustergültiger Form vorlegte. ... Diese Ausgrabungen haben keineswegs nur wissenschaftlich-historischen Wert, sondern sind durchaus ernstzunehmende Alternativfassungen, die auch pianistisch sehr attraktiv sind und eine Bereicherung des Repertoires darstellen.
[Die Tonkunst, 2010]