Brahms' Symphonies: A Closer Look
Brahms was a musician's musician, in some respects an "academic" composer, and so it's practically impossible for professional scholars and musicians to approach his music without wanting to demonstrate at some point that they are as smart as Brahms, and uniquely able to unravel the technical intricacies of his larger works. For the general reader, this obviously represents a problem; indeed, it's not exactly a joy for the music professional either. Though Brahms' symphonies are often treated somewhat like medicine, as something "good for you," but otherwise lacking in purely sensual pleasure, David Hurwitz takes the reader beyond the jargon and pedantry and unlocks the mystery (and the joy) contained within Brahms' symphonies.
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BRAHMS VERSUS THE ORCHESTRA
SYMPHONY NO 1 IN C MINOR OP 68 1876
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accompaniment allegro alphorn Andante basic bass line bassoons Beethoven begins Big Tune Brahms gives Brahms symphonies brass cellos chorale chords Clara Schumann clarinets classical music Classical period climax closing theme coda color Concerto conductors contrabassoon counterstatement crescendo development section dialog dissonance dramatic motion Dvorak emotional entire example exposition expressive famous fanfare Fifth Symphony finale flutes formal Fourth Symphony fugato full orchestra harmony Haydn hear heard horns instruments Johannes Brahms listen lower strings lyrical main theme ment meter minor keys motive Mozart oboe opening melody opening theme particularly passacaglia passage Philharmonic DG phrase piano piece pizzicato played recapitulation repeat rhythm rhythmic Romantic composers Romantic music scherzo Scoring second subject Second Symphony shape slow movement solo sonata form sonata style sound symphony's opening Tchaikovsky tempo thematic there's third movement Third Symphony three-note timbre timpani tion tonality tragic transition triplet trombones trumpets tuba variation violas violins woodwinds