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Johannes Brahms, free but alone : a life for a poetic music

Author: Constantin Floros; Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch
Publisher: New York : Peter Lang, 2010. ©2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Johannes Brahms was until now widely regarded as the archetype of the "absolute musician". Based on new research, the study shows how close autobiographic and poetic elements are in fact linked to his oeuvre. Like Robert Schumann, Brahms subscribed to an aesthetic of "poetic" music. In many of his compositions he got his inspiration from personal experiences, poems or images, as is shown by hitherto unpublished  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Johannes Brahms; Johannes Brahms
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Constantin Floros; Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch
ISBN: 9783631612606 3631612605
OCLC Number: 637038879
Description: x, 291 pages : illustrations, music ; 22 cm
Contents: "Frei aber einsam" : solitude as the price of freedom --
Polarities --
A "prickly" character --
Tone ciphers --
Biographical backgrounds in Brahms's music --
Between the fronts --
The principle of hope --
The second Beethoven? --
The relation to Schumann --
Poetic elements in the piano music --
Violin sonatas from songs --
First and Fourth Symphony --
A German requiem --
Nȧ̈nie --
Four serious songs --
Hanslick's image of Brahms --
A Janus head --
Why Brahms is so universally beloved --
Epilogue --
Biographical dates --
Persons in Brahms's circle of friends and acquaintances.
Other Titles: Johannes Brahms, "frei aber einsam".
Responsibility: Constantin Floros ; translated by Ernest Bernhardt-Kabisch.

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Johannes Brahms was until now widely regarded as the archetype of the absolute musician. This title shows how close autobiographic and poetic elements are in fact linked to his oeuvre. It includes  Read more...

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