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The author of the book: Johannes Brahms
Language: English
ISBN: 0486232719
ISBN 13: 9780486232713
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 359 KB
Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: June 1st 1976

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This volume is the definitive playing edition of Brahms's complete works for four-hand piano, containing 81 compositions in all. These include the Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op. 23; the delightful Waltzes, Op. 39; the Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 52a; Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op. 65a; and the 21 Hungarian Dances.
Reprinted from the Complete Works edition of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna, 1927, this edition was edited by Eusebius Mandyczewski, whose Preface, providing notes on manuscript sources and variants, appears here both in the original German and in a new English translation.
Note heads are large and this is a very readable edition. Concert pianists, students, and teachers will find this excellent four-hand piano music, until now virtually unavailable in sheet music, a valuable addition to their playing library.

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Ebook Complete Piano Works for Four Hands read Online! In 1833, Johannes Brahms was born in Germany. As a teenager playing for drunken sailors in a Hamburg bar, Brahms would prop up books of poetry to read as a diversion. His favorite poet was the anticlerical G.F. Daumer, described by the Catholic Encyclopedia as "an enemy of Christianity". Brahms' works were influenced by such writers as Hoffman, Friedrich Schiller and Robert Burns. He was well-read in philosophy and science, and was an avid hiker who took inspiration from nature. When asked by a conductor to add additional sectarian text to his German Requiem, Brahms responded, "As far as the text is concerned, I confess that I would gladly omit even the word German and instead use Human; also with my best knowledge and will I would dispense with passages like John 3:16." (Jan Swafford, Johannes Brahms: A Biography). A liberal, Brahms ardently opposed anti-Semitism, was approachable even at the height of his fame, and was always generous with his time and charity. Biographer Swafford writes of the young composer: "Though he was to be a freethinker in religion, Johannes pored over the Bible beyond the requirements for his Protestant confirmation." From then on, "Music was Brahms' religion." According to Swafford, Brahms was "a humanist and an agnostic." After nearly 64 years of near perfect health, never even enduring a headache, Brahms succumbed quickly to liver cancer. There was no deathbed conversion. D. 1897.

In his lifetime, Brahms's popularity and influence were considerable; following a comment by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow, he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs". The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers.

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