Brahms and His World: Revised Edition by Walter Frisch, Kevin C. Karnes

By Walter Frisch, Kevin C. Karnes

Since its first e-book in 1990, Brahms and His World has turn into a key textual content for listeners, performers, and students attracted to the lifestyles, paintings, and occasions of 1 of the 19th century's such a lot celebrated composers. during this considerably revised and enlarged version, the editors stay as regards to the imaginative and prescient in the back of the unique ebook whereas updating its contents to mirror new views on Brahms that experience constructed over the last 20 years. To this finish, the unique essays through best specialists are retained and revised, and supplemented through contributions from a brand new new release of Brahms students. jointly, they give thought to such themes as Brahms's courting with Clara and Robert Schumann, his musical interactions with the "New German tuition" of Wagner and Liszt, his effect upon Arnold Schoenberg and different younger composers, his method of appearing his personal tune, and his effective interactions with visible artists.

The essays are complemented via a brand new number of feedback and analyses of Brahms's works released through the composer's contemporaries, documenting the ways that Brahms's track was once understood by means of 19th- and early twentieth-century audiences in Europe and North the USA. a brand new number of memoirs through Brahms's associates, scholars, and early admirers offers intimate glimpses into the composer's operating equipment and character. And a catalog of the song, literature, and visible arts devoted to Brahms files the breadth of impression exerted by way of the composer upon his contemporaries.

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There is scant consideration of such matters in the Brahms chapter in F. H. Franken, Die Krankheiten grosser Komponisten, vol. 2 (Wilhelmshaven, 1989); and no chapter about Brahms in D. Kerner, Krankheiten grosser Musiker (New York, 1973). 5. W. Lange-Eichbaum, Genie, Irrsinn und Ruhm: Eine Pathographie des Genies, ed. W. Kurth (Munich, 1961). 6. Robert Haven Schauffler, The Unknown Brahms: His Life, Character, Works (New York, 1933), 156. 7. Eduard Hitschmann, “Johannes Brahms and Women” (1949), repr.

9, dedicated to Clara Schumann. This work begins with a Schumann melody for which Clara herself had once written variations; it continues with variations that sometimes resemble Schumann’s musical style and at other times are uniquely Brahmsian. ”2 These technical psychoanalytic terms have come to denote such tangible physical items as clothing, dolls, toys, or other belongings that can carry personal meanings and thus are capable of temporarily allaying the • 27 • JOHANNES BRAHMS, SOLITARY ALTRUIST anxieties produced by separation from a true love object.

It was simply that Brahms respected Wagner as a composer of operas, the only musical form in which he himself had made no progress. 24 In his thirty-year relationship with Theodor Billroth one also observes Brahms’s altruism. These men had much in common: their background in northern Germany, their loyalty to their parents, their energy and creativity, as well as their abhorrence of emotional display. Billroth habitually • 36 • Peter F. Ostwald condemned moodiness, which he thought was a form of stupidity.

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