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Handel-Variationen - Piano Solo

By Johannes Brahms

Piano solo - SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Handel-Variationen - Piano Solo. Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Edited by Sonja Gerlach. This edition: Paperback/Soft Cover. Sheet music. Henle Music Folios. Pages: 27. Classical. Softcover. Op. 24. G. Henle #HN272. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480272).

Item Number: HL.51480272

9.25x12.25 inches.

We know that Brahms took an active interest in Baroque music throughout his life. It can thus hardly be by chance that he chose a theme from one of Handel's harpsichord suites for his 25 variations. The variations allow for iridescent colours and moods in the style of Beethoven's characteristic variations. In keeping with the source, however, the work also features allusions to Baroque models - embellishments, pedal points - and ends in a grandly laid-out fugue with a triumphant build-up. Opus 24 unquestionably deserves its reputation as the composer's most important variation cycle.

About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)

Very advanced level, very difficult note reading, frequent time signature changes, virtuosic level technical facility needed.

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  • 2008-01-31 00:00:00.0 Brahms not Bombs

    One of history's top piano virtuosos and a superlative composer lends his wit and pathos to the exploration of a regal tune by Handel. A masterpiece of the Variation form, with one of the greatest fugues ever written.

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