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Performing Brahms

Performing Brahms
Early Evidence of Performance Style

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Part of Musical Performance and Reception

Bernard D. Sherman, Styra Avins, Clive Brown, Michael Musgrave, Siegfried Ochs, George S. Bozarth, Robert Pascall, Philip Weller, Walter Frisch, Jonathan Bellman, Robert Philip
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  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Mixed media product
  • isbn: 9780521652735

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  • Although the music of Brahms is central to the lives of classical performers and listeners, few know how Brahms and his contemporaries performed his music. This study brings most of the available evidence into a single volume, along with commentary by leading Brahms experts. Most importantly, the book contains an unique CD of historic recordings--including an actual performance by Brahms--which provides tangible insight and a greater appreciation of the composer.

    • A unique assemblage of documentation and evidence about performance in Brahms's day
    • Contributions from leading Brahms specialists
    • A superb CD of very early performances of Brahms - including Brahms himself playing
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    Awards

    • Winner of the 2004 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Recorded Sound Research (Best Research in Recorded Classical Music)

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    '… this is a fascinating book.' Early Music

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Mixed media product
    • isbn: 9780521652735
    • length: 408 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 180 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.895kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 139 music examples
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. How different was Brahms's playing style from our own? Bernard D. Sherman
    2. Performing Brahms's music: clues from his letters Styra Avins
    3. Joachim's violin playing and the performance of Brahms's string music Clive Brown
    4. Metronome marks and timings Bernard D. Sherman
    5. Performance issues in A German Requiem Michael Musgrave with Appendix: 'Ein deutsches Requiem', Siegfried Ochs, introduced and translated by Michael Musgrave
    6. Fanny Davies and Brahms's late chamber music George S. Bozarth
    7. Flexible tempo and nuancing in orchestral music: Understanding Brahms's view of interpretation in his Second Piano Concerto and Fourth Symphony Robert Pascall and Philip Weller
    8. Brahms in the Meiningen Tradition: His Symphonies and Haydn Variations in the Markings by Fritz Steinbach Edited by Walter Blume, Excerpt: The First Symphony Walter Frisch (translation and introduction)
    9. In search of Brahms's First Symphony: Steinbach, the Meiningen tradition and the recordings of Hermann Abendroth Walter Frisch
    10. Early trends in the recorded performance of Brahms's music Michael Musgrave
    11. Performing Brahms in the Style Hongrois Jonathan Bellman
    12. Brahms's musical world: balancing the evidence Robert Philip
    Appendix: Introduction to supplementary CD and list of contents
    Discography.

  • Editors

    Michael Musgrave, University of London
    Michael Musgrave is Emeritus Professor of Music at Goldsmiths' College, University of London but lives in New York. He is author of The Musical Life of the Crystal Palace, The Music of Brahms, Brahms: A German Requiem and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Brahms.

    Bernard D. Sherman
    Bernard D. Sherman is the author of Inside Early Music (1997) and the essay 'Authenticity in Music' in The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (1998). He contributes regularly to The New York Times, and his work has appeared in Early Music, Historical Performance, The American Brahms Society Newsletter, and many other publications.

    Contributors

    Bernard D. Sherman, Styra Avins, Clive Brown, Michael Musgrave, Siegfried Ochs, George S. Bozarth, Robert Pascall, Philip Weller, Walter Frisch, Jonathan Bellman, Robert Philip

    Awards

    • Winner of the 2004 Association for Recorded Sound Collections Award for Excellence in Recorded Sound Research (Best Research in Recorded Classical Music)

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