Brahms 2: Biographical, Documentary and Analytical Studies, Volume 2

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 16, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 252 pages
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This second volume of Brahms studies contains twelve contributions by leading international authorities on various music. Like the preceding volume of the same title (edited by Robert Pascall), Michael Musgrave's volume aims to provide original scholarly material on different facets of a major composer still inadequately discussed in book form and employs more precise methods of analysis and more critical approaches to materials then generally available in writings on Brahms in English. Half of the volume takes the music itself as focus, though from very different vantage points. There are two studies of a single opus (the two String Quartets Op. 51 Nos, 1 and 2), discussions of the Fourth Symphony and the motet 'Warum', and a view of Brahms's harmony. The underlying historical theme emerges more openly in an account of Brahms's interest in German Renaissance music. The remaining essays give details of the state of Brahms's unpublished compositions and arrangements at his death and the problematic disposal of his possessions (including musical ones), explore his own attitude to his historical position, and outline the reception of his music in Germany and, to begin with, in England.
 

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Brahms and England1
1
The establishment of a Brahms repertoire 18901902
21
New light on the Brahms Nachlass
39
Brahmss Way a composers selfview
49
Brahmss posthumous compositions and arrangements editorial problems and questions of authenticity
59
Brahmss links with German Renaissance music a discussion of selected choral works1
95
Brahmss Missa canonica and its recomposition in his Motet Warum Op 74 No 1
111
Two of a kind? Brahmss Op 51 finales
145
Motivic design and structural levels in the first movement of Brahmss String Quartet in C minor1
165
The Sceptred Pall Brahmss progressive harmony
197
Brahms the indecisive notes on the first movement of the Fourth Symphony1
223
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