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Piano Solo Softcover Edition

By Johannes Brahms

Piano solo - SMP Level 10 (Advanced)
Piano Solo Softcover Edition. Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Edited by Walter Georgii. This edition: Paperback/Soft Cover. Sheet music. Henle Music Folios. Pages: 127. Classical. Softcover. G. Henle #HN38. Published by G. Henle (HL.51480038).

Item Number: HL.51480038

9.25x12.25 inches.

Brahms' first piano works deal with the classical form of the sonata. The Scherzo op. 4 belongs to this context inasmuch as it can be considered as an independent sonata movement. However, with the melody of the Old German Minnelied 'Verstohlen geht der Mond auf' used for the slow movement of the first sonata, and the lines from a poem by Sternau that preface the second movement of the Sonata op. 5, Brahms also proclaims his allegiance to Romanticism. The push-and-pull between Classicism and Romanticism then becomes clearly audible in the opp. 1, 2, 4 and 5. - In contrast, the Ballades op. 10, written just barely a year after the Sonata op.5, are thorougly romantic piano pieces. The best known is certainly no. 1, based on the Scottish ballad Edward from Herder's 'Stimmen der Volker.'.

About SMP Level 10 (Advanced)

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

  • Ballad [Edward ballad], D minor, op. 10,1 (Piano solo)  Performed by Johannes Brahms
  • Ballad, D major, op. 10,2 (Piano solo)  Performed by Johannes Brahms
  • Ballad [Intermezzo], B minor, op. 10,3 (Piano solo)  Performed by Johannes Brahms
  • Ballad, B major, op. 10,4 (Piano solo)  Performed by Johannes Brahms
  • Scherzo, E flat minor, op. 4 (Piano solo)  Performed by Johannes Brahms
  • Sonata, C major, op. 1 (Piano solo)  Performed by Johannes Brahms
  • Sonata, F sharp minor, op. 2 (Piano solo)  Performed by Johannes Brahms
  • Sonata, F minor, op. 5 (Piano solo)  Performed by Johannes Brahms
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  • 2007-04-10 00:00:00.0 Henle editions are unsurpassed

    Helne editions present beautiful and clear engravings that are a joy to use in rehearsal. These editions especially excel with Brahms, Bach, and Chopin. I plan to continue to complete my library of these composers

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