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Johannes Brahms Life and Letters

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ISBN-10: 0199247730

ISBN-13: 9780199247738

Edition: 2001

Authors: Styra Avins, Josef Eisinger, Josef Eisinger, Josef Eisinger

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This book is the first comprehensive collection of the letters of Johannes Brahms ever to appear in English. Over 550 are included, virtually all uncut, and there are over a dozen published here for the first time in any language. Although he corresponded throughout his life with some of the great performers, composers, musicologists, writers, scientists, and artists of the day, and although thousands of his letters have survived, English readers have until now had scant opportunity to meet Brahms in person, through his words, and in his own voice. `I am aware of my bad habit of writing briefly but obscurely', Brahms once wrote to a friend. He was needlessly hard on himself, for his letters describe many significant events in his life, throw light on his friendships and music, and reveal his wit, idealism, intelligence, generosity, sarcasm, and above all his powerful sense of integrity. The letters in this volume range from 1848 to just before his death. They include all Brahms's letters to Robert Schumann, over a hundred letters to Clara Schumann, and the complete Brahms-Wagner correspondence. They are joined by a running commentary to form an absorbing narrative, documented with scholarly care, provided with comprehensive notes, but written for the general music lover. The result is a lively biography. The book is generously illustrated, and contains several detailed appendices and an index.
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Book details

List price: $115.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/27/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 888
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.25" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.684
Language: English

Preface and Acknowledgements
List of Illustrations
List of Music Examples
Abbreviations
Note on the Translation
Chronology
Introduction
Prelude 1833-1852
One Fateful Year 1853
Turmoil and Apprenticeship 1854-1858
In Hamburg Again 1859-1862
In Vienna, Sometimes 1863-1870
At Home in Vienna 1871-1876
Independence 1877-1890
The Final Years 1891-1897
Additional Notes
Appendices
Select Bibliography
Illustration Acknowledgments
Index