Overview

Since its first publication in 1990, Brahms and His World has become a key text for listeners, performers, and scholars interested in the life, work, and times of one of the nineteenth century's most celebrated composers. In this substantially revised and enlarged edition, the editors remain close to the vision behind the original book while updating its contents to reflect new perspectives on Brahms that have developed over the past two decades. To this end, the original essays by leading experts are retained ...

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Overview

Since its first publication in 1990, Brahms and His World has become a key text for listeners, performers, and scholars interested in the life, work, and times of one of the nineteenth century's most celebrated composers. In this substantially revised and enlarged edition, the editors remain close to the vision behind the original book while updating its contents to reflect new perspectives on Brahms that have developed over the past two decades. To this end, the original essays by leading experts are retained and revised, and supplemented by contributions from a new generation of Brahms scholars. Together, they consider such topics as Brahms's relationship with Clara and Robert Schumann, his musical interactions with the "New German School" of Wagner and Liszt, his influence upon Arnold Schoenberg and other young composers, his approach to performing his own music, and his productive interactions with visual artists.

The essays are complemented by a new selection of criticism and analyses of Brahms's works published by the composer's contemporaries, documenting the ways in which Brahms's music was understood by nineteenth- and early twentieth-century audiences in Europe and North America. A new selection of memoirs by Brahms's friends, students, and early admirers provides intimate glimpses into the composer's working methods and personality. And a catalog of the music, literature, and visual arts dedicated to Brahms documents the breadth of influence exerted by the composer upon his contemporaries.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Originally published in 1990, Brahms and His World is being rereleased with Richard Wagner and His World, the 19th title in this prestigious, scholarly series on major composers. Frisch (music, Columbia Univ.; Brahms: The Four Symphonies) and Karnes (music, Emory Univ.; Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History) have substantially updated and expanded their collection of scholarly essays by leading musicologists in the field of Brahms studies. Several new essays take advantage of more recent scholarship. The contributions cover diverse topics in Brahms scholarship, detailed analyses of specific works, reminiscences by Brahms's contemporaries, and a list of compositions dedicated to the great German master. There are frequent musical examples and occasional photos throughout; all entries are extensively footnoted.
Booknews
This nicely produced first volume in a new series comprises the proceedings of the first Capri (Italy) conference. Topics include hypothalamus and neuroendocrine regulation of gonadotropin and prolactin secretion, the ovary as a neuroendocrine organ, chronological regulation of hypothalamus-pituitary-gonadal axis, stress effects on brain and gonadal function, the menstrual cycle, psychoneuroendocrine disorder, therapies of hyperprolactinemic states, and new trends. Alk. paper. Created as a companion to a music festival entitled Brahms 1990. Six essays are followed by contemporary or near-contemporary analyses and reviews and a selection of memoirs of Brahms in translation. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Choice
Almost exactly twice as long as the original publication, this revised edition of Brahms and His World presents new perspectives on Brahms that have come to light over the past two decades. . . . A worthy replacement of its predecessor, this well-illustrated volume concludes with a catalog of books, compositions, and artworks dedicated to the composer through the end of the 19th century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400833627
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 7/6/2009
  • Series: Bard Music Festival
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 480
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Walter Frisch is the H. Harold Gumm/Harry and Albert von Tilzer Professor of Music at Columbia University. He is the author of "Brahms: The Four Symphonies" and "Brahms and the Principle of Developing Variation". Kevin C. Karnes is assistant professor of music history at Emory University. He is the author of "Music, Criticism, and the Challenge of History: Shaping Modern Musical Thought in Late Nineteenth-Century Vienna".
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Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments ix
Preface and Acknowledgments from the First Edition xi
Permissions and Credits xiii

PART I: ESSAYS
Time and Memory: Concert Life, Science, and Music in Brahms's Vienna by LEON BOTSTEIN 3
Johannes Brahms, Solitary Altruist by PETER F. OSTWALD 27
Brahms the Godfather by STYRA AVINS 41
Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms by NANCY B. REICH 57
The Pianos of Johannes Brahms by GEORGE S. BOZARTH AND STEPHEN H. BRADY 73
Brahms, the Third Symphony, and the New German School by DAVID BRODBECK 95
The "Brahms Fog": On Analyzing Brahmsian Influences at the Fin de Siècle by WALTER FRISCH 117
Between Work and Play: Brahms as Performer of His Own Music by ROGER MOSELEY 137
Brahms, Max Klinger, and the Promise of the Gesamtkunstwerk: Revisiting the Brahms-Phantasie (1894) by KEVIN C. KARNES 167
PART II: RECEPTION AND ANALYSIS
Five Early Works by Brahms (1862) by ADOLF SCHUBRING 195
TRANSLATED, INTRODUCED, AND ANNOTATED BY WALTER FRISCH
Piano Sonata in C Major, op. 1
Piano Sonata in F-sharp Minor, op. 2
Piano Sonata in F Minor, op. 5
Piano Trio in B Major, op. 8 [1854 version]
Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, op. 15
Discovering Brahms (1862-72) by EDUARD HANSLICK 217

TRANSLATED, INTRODUCED, AND ANNOTATED BY KEVIN C. KARNES
Johannes Brahms (1862-63)
Serenade No. 1 in D Major, op. 11 (1862)
German Requiem, op. 45 (1867)
Sextet No. 2 in G Major, op. 36 (1867)
Triumphlied, op. 55, and Schicksalslied, op. 54 (1872)
The Brahms Symphonies (1887) 233
HERMANN KRETZSCHMAR

TRANSLATED BY SUSAN GILLESPIE, INTRODUCED BY KEVIN C. KARNES
Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, op. 68
Symphony No. 2 in D Major, op. 73
Symphony No. 3 in F Major, op. 90
Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, op. 98
Brahms's A Cappella Choral Pieces, op. 104 (1892) 253
HEINRICH SCHENKER

TRANSLATED, INTRODUCED, AND ANNOTATED BY KEVIN C. KARNES
Nachtwache I
Nachtwache II
Letztes Glück
Verlorene Jugend
Im Herbst
Brahms's Four Serious Songs, op. 121 (1914) 267
MAX KALBECK

TRANSLATED BY WILLIAM MILLER
INTRODUCED AND ANNOTATED BY KEVIN C. KARNES
"A Modern of the Moderns": Brahms's First Symphony 287
in New York and Boston
SELECTED AND ANNOTATED BY GEORGE S. BOZARTH

PART III: MEMOIRS
Johannes Brahms: The Last Days 307
Memories and Letters
EDUARD HANSLICK

TRANSLATED BY SUSAN GILLESPIE, ANDREW HOMAN, AND CAROLINE HOMAN
INTRODUCED BY KEVIN C. KARNES
ANNOTATED BY LEON BOTSTEIN AND KEVIN C. KARNES
My Early Acquaintance with Brahms 339
RICHARD HEUBERGER

TRANSLATED, INTRODUCED, AND ANNOTATED BY STYRA AVINS
Remembering Johannes Brahms: 349
Brahms and His Krefeld Friends
HEINZ VON BECKERATH

TRANSLATED BY JOSEF EISINGER
INTRODUCED AND ANNOTATED BY STYRA AVINS
Johannes Brahms as Man, Teacher, and Artist 381
GUSTAV JENNER

TRANSLATED BY SUSAN GILLESPIE AND ELISABETH KAESTNER
INTRODUCED BY KEVIN C. KARNES
ANNOTATED BY LEON BOTSTEIN AND KEVIN C. KARNES
Brahms and the Newer Generation: Personal Reminiscences by 425
Alexander von Zemlinsky and Karl Weigl

TRANSLATED AND INTRODUCED BY WALTER FRISCH
PART IV
"Dedicated to Johannes Brahms" 433
PREPARED BY WALTER FRISCH

Index 443
Notes on the Contributors 459

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