Brahms: One of the Greatest

Pianist, composer and conductor, Johannes Brahms has been listed in greatness with Bach and Beethoven. His works encompass songs, sonatas, chamber music, symphonies and the German Requiem. While he was traditional in some ways, he created new approaches to harmony and melody. As a man, he was private, brusque, a lover of the outdoors and romantically unfortunate. A perusal of his life introduces us to many well-known figures of the time, in particular, the Schumanns. After declaring retirement in 1890, he went on to write a number of masterpieces.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Early life (1833-50): Meet Joachim and Liszt and the Schumanns. Early career: 1850-62. Robert Schumann dies 1856. Move to Vienna. Variations on a theme by Handel; Piano concerto 1.
  • Maturity (1862-78): A German Requiem. Haydn variations; 16 waltzes.
  • Cont. Symphony 1. String quartet op. 51
  • Symphonies 2, 3, 4: 1877-1885.
  • Years of fame (1878-90): 1889 named an honorary citizen of Hamburg. Helps Dvorak. Rhapsodies; Violin Concerto; Cello sonata 2; 3 Hungarian Dances.
  • Cont. Academic Overture; Piano Concerto 2.
  • Retirement (1890-1899): Meiningen. Clarinet Trio op. 114. Four Serious Songs op 121,
  • Continued: Four Chorale Preludes for organ, Op. 121; Piano works op. 116, 118


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Discuss Brahms' relation to the traditional forms.
  2. Give a brief account of his life and character and relationship with the Schumanns.
  3. Name the composers who were his greatest influence.
$232 Limited / $209

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