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Johannes Brahms

Works for Organ

George S. Bozarth (Editor)


Urtext Edition, paperbound

Pages 72 (VI+66), Size 31,0 x 23,5 cm

HN 400 · ISMN 979-0-2018-0400-2

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  • Fugue a flat minor WoO 8
  • Choral Prelude and Fugue on "O Traurigkeit, o Herzeleid" WoO 7
  • 11 Choral Preludes op. posth. 122
  • Prelude and Fugue a minor WoO 9
  • Prelude and Fugue g minor WoO 10
  • Appendix: Fugue a flat minor WoO 8 (first version)

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Preface

Brahms’s works for organ stem from two completely different creative periods: WoO 8–10 and the Chorale Prelude, WoO 7, were composed in the mid-1850s, when Brahms was intensely occupied with studying counterpoint and playing the organ (the precise date of the Fugue, WoO 7, is unknown). The eleven Chorale Preludes, Op. posth. 122, consummate masterpieces of their genre and … more

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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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