Brahms: A German Requiem

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 28, 1996 - Music - 97 pages
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The German Requiem is Brahms' largest work, written for orchestra, chorus and two soloists. It made Brahms an international name, and the scope and technique of the composition brought him not only a new audience but also comparison with Bach and Beethoven. In the past fifty years it has found new critical support as an original and progressive work. This detailed study examines its history and controversial reception, analyzes its textual and musical structure, and discusses performing traditions from Brahms' time until the present.
 

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Contents

The work as a whole
14
largescale form and historical background
23
The individual movements
35
textual and musical structure
36
style and expression
42
textual and musical structure
47
style and expression
48
textual and musical structure
50
Technical evaluation
64
Opponents and reactions abroad
67
The work in performance
72
Performance in the twentieth century
74
Current performance trends
80
Notes
85
Select bibliography
93
Index
96

style and expression
54
Reception
60

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