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By Walter Frisch, Kevin C. Karnes

Since its first ebook in 1990, Brahms and His World has develop into a key textual content for listeners, performers, and students drawn to the existence, paintings, and instances of 1 of the 19th century's so much celebrated composers. during this considerably revised and enlarged version, the editors stay as regards to the imaginative and prescient at the back of the unique e-book whereas updating its contents to mirror new views on Brahms that experience built over the last twenty years. To this finish, the unique essays by means of major specialists are retained and revised, and supplemented by way of contributions from a brand new new release of Brahms students. jointly, they think about such subject matters as Brahms's courting with Clara and Robert Schumann, his musical interactions with the "New German institution" of Wagner and Liszt, his impact upon Arnold Schoenberg and different younger composers, his method of acting his personal song, and his efficient interactions with visible artists.

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

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Brahms was barely twenty years old when asked to fill this office, a sign of esteem, trust, and honor.

One thinks of other geniuses for whom the whole world became a family, Beethoven, for example, or Michelangelo. Such men can change civilization. They give us new sounds, new visions, and new meanings. They achieve truths that become eternal. NOTES An expanded version of this article appeared as “Johannes Brahms—Music, Loneliness, and Altruism,” in Psychoanalytic Explorations in Music, ed. , 1990), 291–320. 1. Ostwald, Schumann: The Inner Voices of a Musical Genius (Boston, 1985), 283–93. 2. D.

V. Widmann, Johannes Brahms in Erinnerungen (Berlin, 1898), 58–59. 3. George S. Bozarth and Stephen H. Brady, “The Pianos of Johannes Brahms,” in this volume. 4. See Leon Botstein, “Brahms and His Audience: The Later Viennese Years, 1875–1897,” in The Cambridge Companion to Brahms, ed. Michael Musgrave (New York, 1999), 51–78. 5. Neues Universal Lexicon der Tonkunst, ed. Julius Schladebach and Eduard Bernsdorf (Dresden, 1856), 1:447. 6. See Werner G. Zimmerman, Brahms in der Schweiz: Eine Dokumentation (Zurich, 1983), 102–12.

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