After two volumes of reflections on conducting the orchestral music of Beethoven, Normal Del Mar now turns to the music of Brahms. His own interpretations, over a career of half a century, have been hailed as unusually sincere and thoughtful. As before, Del Mar's insights will be of greatinterest to practicing musicians and lovers of these great works.
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Symphony No 2 in D Op 73
Symphony No 3 in F Op 90
Symphony No 4 in E minor Op 98
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1st violins 2nd horn 2nd violins 3rd and 4th 3rd horn 4th horns Adagio Allegro allowed Andante animato arpeggio barlines bars later bassoons Beethoven beginning Brahms Brahms's Breitkopf cadence cadenza cellos cellos and basses chorus clarinet climax coda Concerto conductor continue crescendo crotchet crotchet beat descending diminuendo down-beat down-bow dramatic ensemble especially extra fermata figures final flute forte fortissimo four bars gesture give given half-bar indicated last bars lead lower strings marked melody minim beat mood movement oboe oboe solo octaves orchestra outburst pace passage passage-work phrase pianissimo piano pizzicato play players poco pull-up quavers rehearsal letters relaxed repeat reprise rhythmic ritornello rubato Scherzo score second beats second subject semiquavers sforzandos solo violin soloist sopranos sound staccato stick suggestion Symphony syncopated taken tempo primo theme third beat timpani triplets trombones trumpets up-beat upper strings variation violas woodwind