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Fantasies, Op. 116

By Johannes Brahms

Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Edited by Christian Kohn. This edition: urtext edition. Stapled. Barenreiter Urtext. Performance score. Opus 116. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA09628. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA09628).

Item Number: BA.BA09628

ISBN 9790006536979. 31 x 24.3 cm inches. Text Language: German/English. Preface: Christian Kohn.

The piano pieces opp. 116-119 were written in 1892/93 and are the last collections of pieces which Brahms wrote for the instrument. Particularly noteworthy is his use of the"small form"accompanied by a heightened increase in musical expression compared to his earlier works.

Clara Schumann, probably the secret dedicatee of the piano pieces, wrote in her diary in November 1892:"a true source of enjoyment, everything, poetry, passion, fantasy, intimacy, full of the most marvellous sound effects [...]. In these pieces I finally feel musical life drawn into my soul again and play once more with true devotion."

A renewed critical evaluation of all known sources has resulted in small deviations from previous readings.

- Johannes Brahms's most frequently performed piano pieces, now available in high quality Barenreiter Urtext editions
- Evaluation of all available sources
- Reflecting the latest state of research

The editor
Christian Kohn teaches piano at the Musikhochschule in Detmold . One of his specialisms is the piano music of Johannes Brahms, as shown in his highly acclaimed complete recording of Brahms's four-hand piano repertoire on CD with his duo partner Silke-Thora Matthies . For Barenreiter he has already edited Brahms's Serenades op. 11 and 16 for piano duet (BA 6570/BA 6571).

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  • 2018-02-19 14:54:43.0 Brahmsian style

    I have to admit I find Brahms a difficult composer of sometimes overly complicated harmonies and melodies. I thought his Fantasies would be his more melodic, approachable stuff, but it isn’t. This is tough music for me to assimilate, but others may find it charming, or invigorating. Barenreiter does...

    its usual excellent job in printing, etc. but Brahms is not my favorite. You decide!

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