Brahms and his world by Brahms, Johannes; Frisch, Walter; Karnes, Kevin; Brahms,

By Brahms, Johannes; Frisch, Walter; Karnes, Kevin; Brahms, Johannes

Since its first booklet in 1990, Brahms and His World has turn into a key textual content for listeners, performers, and students attracted to the existence, paintings, and instances of 1 of the 19th century's so much celebrated composers. during this considerably revised and enlarged variation, the editors stay just about the imaginative and prescient in the back of the unique ebook whereas updating its contents to mirror new views on Brahms that experience built during the last twenty years. To this finish, the unique essays via major specialists are retained and revised, and supplemented via contributions from a brand new iteration of Brahms students. jointly, they think about such subject matters as Brahms's dating with Clara and Robert Schumann, his musical interactions with the "New German tuition" of Wagner and Liszt, his effect upon Arnold Schoenberg and different younger composers, his method of acting his personal tune, and his efficient interactions with visible artists.

The essays are complemented by means of a brand new choice of feedback and analyses of Brahms's works released via the composer's contemporaries, documenting the ways that Brahms's track used to be understood via 19th- and early twentieth-century audiences in Europe and North the USA. a brand new collection of memoirs by means of Brahms's associates, scholars, and early admirers offers intimate glimpses into the composer's operating tools and character. And a catalog of the track, literature, and visible arts devoted to Brahms records the breadth of impact exerted by means of the composer upon his contemporaries.

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The writings of such diverse individuals as Hermann Helmholtz, H. A. , L. A. Zellner, Richard Wallaschek, and the great Ernst Mach) provide evidence of conceptions of music that both mirrored and influenced the contemporary evaluation of the experience of music. In order to make this connection, however, dimensions of the musical world Brahms inhabited require clarification. I. 4 When one thinks of Brahms’s public, particularly in Vienna between 1862 and 1897, one can distinguish among three discrete generations.

L. A. Zellner, Richard Wallaschek, and the great Ernst Mach) provide evidence of conceptions of music that both mirrored and influenced the contemporary evaluation of the experience of music. In order to make this connection, however, dimensions of the musical world Brahms inhabited require clarification. I. 4 When one thinks of Brahms’s public, particularly in Vienna between 1862 and 1897, one can distinguish among three discrete generations. The first was composed of those who had come of age before 1848: a cohort that included individuals of the ages of Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Felix Mendelssohn (1809-47), and Robert Schumann (1810-56).

The Hanslick segment is notable for its avoidance of sentimentality (unlike many Brahms memoirs) and for its wealth of information about Brahms’s views on such topics as Beethoven’s compositional development and contemporary art and politics. The brief memoirs by Zemlinsky and Weigl suggest how much Brahms was revered by a younger generation of Viennese composers that had only a brief opportunity to know him as a living figure. Many dexterous hands and sharp minds helped bring this book into being in a remarkably short time.

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