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Through his professional activities, Brahms had a continuous interest in producing music for choirs, as well as profound insight into their capabilities. Yet Brahms was equally adept in the traditions of the unaccompanied Romantic choral song, the Chorlied , following the lead of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann, and adapting the form to his own characteristic ends.
He also wrote a large number of vocal duets and quartets with piano accompaniment, including the popular Zigeunerlieder , which are testimony to his extraordinary fascination for gypsy music and its fertilizing effect on his style. Three such make up the set of Drei Quartette Op 64, which Brahms published in , though the first of them, An die Heimat , probably dates from about Op 64 concludes with a translation of a Turkish folk-poem made by G F Daumer, the poet of the Liebeslieder-Walzer , whose copious output of both original verse and translations from many languages Brahms often recurred to when choosing texts for setting.
Fragen is a set of questions put to a lover the tenor by the other three parts, massed as a vocal trio. It develops into a tightly dovetailed dialogue, carried out with a sensitive mingling of humour and pathos.
Like the latter, though on a slightly more elaborate scale, they form a sequence of dance-songs for vocal quartet; but now in the rhythms and exotic harmonic shading of the former. Brahms, who at this stage in his life had no pressing financial needs, seems to have written them for sheer enjoyment, and they are further testimony to the extraordinary fascination and fertilizing effect of gypsy music on his style.
The theme of the opening song, He, Zigeuner, greife , returns in varied form as the theme of the last, Rote Abendwolken ziehn , and in No 10 the piano part produces an uncanny imitation of the cimbalom. Turning now to the a cappella settings in this recital, the Sechs Lieder und Romanzen Op 93a, written in —4, are for four-part SATB choir and concern themselves with a variety of Romantic texts, but in a profoundly economical and formally concentrated musical idiom.
The set begins with Der bucklichte Fiedler , a robust setting of words taken from a Lower-Rhenish folksong, in which four witches engage a hump-backed fiddler to play for their dance on Walpurgis Night and reward him by magically removing his hump. Brahms knew the original tune well: he had made two choral arrangements of it in the s, and would return to it a final time in his Volkslieder. A few years later the mood is already different.
At once resigned and ravishing, this set of Brahms partsongs raises these regrets to the status of high art. Brahms treats it with great chromatic intensification of the harmony. In fact the partsong was originally composed a third lower, in A, with an even darker effect. In this notable opus Brahms shows himself eloquently unreconciled to the fact of growing old. Since his death, a modest amount of material that had been lost while he was still living or which he had not bothered to publish has come to light; the process still goes on.
Several of these works are choral, ranging from tiny canons to the unfinished but substantial Mass from the late s, the so-called Missa canonica recorded on Hyperion CDA , which was not published until Writing in February to his friend J W von Wasielewski, who had requested music for the unveiling of the Schumann Monument in Bonn, Brahms mentioned that this chorus existed, only to dismiss it as unfit for the occasion.
Its chorale-like main tune and smooth, imitative polyphony lend it the character of a brief motet, rather than a Chorlied. The composer himself performed them in this way with professional friends and colleagues. It is also clear that Brahms conceived of them in terms of the German tradition of Hausmusik in which friends and family would gather round the piano and entertain both themselves and each other. This would necessarily involve a variety of differing forces contingent on the occasion.
Parmi les derniers recueils de quatuors avec piano de Brahms figurent les onze quatuors qui constituent les Zigeunerlieder , op. Drei solche bilden das Heft der Drei Quartette op. Und jetzt zu den a-cappella-Werken in diesem Recital: die —84 geschriebenen Sechs Lieder und Romanzen op. Die Sammlung beginnt mit Der bucklichte Fiedler , einer robusten Vertonung von Worten aus einem niederrheinischen Volkslied, in dem vier Hexen einen bucklichten Fiedler engagieren, zu ihrem Hexentanz in der Walpurgisnacht aufzuspielen zur Belohnung zaubern sie ihm den Buckel weg.
Jahrhunderts verleihen. Die Kulmination von op. Brahms behandelt es mit stark chromatisch bereicherter Harmonik. In einem Brief an seinen Freund J. Sein choralhaftes Hauptthema und geschmeidige imitative Polyphonie verleihen ihm eher den Charakter einer kurzen Motette als eines Chorlieds.
Es ist ebenfalls klar, dass Brahms sie in der deutschen Tradition von Hausmusik konzipierte, in der sich Familie und Freunde zur eigenen und gegenseitigen Unterhaltung um das Klavier versammelten und musizierten.
Dies erforderte je nach Gelegenheit eine Anzahl verschiedener Besetzungen. Aus einem Brief an seinen Verleger vom Oktober erfahren wir, dass Brahms auch erwog, dass die Quartette op. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Don't show me this message again. In the s he was musical director of the choir of the Vienna Singakademie, and he continued to work with ad hoc choruses until late in life.
Thus he had a continuous interest in producing music for choirs, as well as profound insight into their capabilities. Yet Brahms was equally adept in the traditions of the unaccompanied Romantic choral song, the Chorlied, following the example of Schubert, Mendelssohn and Schumann and adapting the form to his own characteristic ends.
And he wrote a large number of vocal duets and quartets with piano accompaniment: the most famous of the quartets are of course the celebrated Liebeslieder-Walzer , but there are many others.
Zigeunerlieder, Op.103 (Brahms, Johannes)
Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first. Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages. Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults. Through his professional activities, Brahms had a continuous interest in producing music for choirs, as well as profound insight into their capabilities.
Johannes Brahms 7 May — 3 April was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by many.