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Brahms – Piano Concertos, arr. for 2 pianos with sheet music

Brahms – Piano Concertos, arr. for 2 pianos with sheet music

The Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15, is a work for piano and orchestra completed by Johannes Brahms in 1858. The composer gave the work’s public debut in Hanover, the following year. It was his first-performed orchestral work, and (in its third performance) his first orchestral work performed to audience approval.

Das 1. Klavierkonzert op. 15 in d-Moll ist ein Konzert für Klavier und Orchester von Johannes Brahms. Es wurde ab 1854 komponiert und am 22. Januar 1859 unter der Leitung von Joseph Joachim und dem Komponisten am Klavier im königlichen Hoftheater in Hannover uraufgeführt.

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15 – Second movement

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15 – Third Movement

The Piano Concerto No. 2 in B♭ major, Op. 83, by Johannes Brahms is separated by a gap of 22 years from his first piano concerto. Brahms began work on the piece in 1878 and completed it in 1881 while in Pressbaum near Vienna. It took him three years to work on this concerto which indicates that he was always self-critical. He wrote to Clara Schumann: “I want to tell you that I have written a very small piano concerto with a very small and pretty scherzo.” Ironically, he was describing a huge piece.

This concerto is dedicated to his teacher, Eduard Marxsen. The public premiere of the concerto was given in Budapest on 9 November 1881, with Brahms as soloist and the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, and was an immediate success. He proceeded to perform the piece in many cities across Europe.

Das Zweite Klavierkonzert in B-Dur op. 83 ist ein Werk für Klavier und Orchester von Johannes Brahms. Es entstand erst 22 Jahre nach seinem ersten Klavierkonzert.

Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major Op. 83 – First Movement

Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb major Op. 83 – Fourth Movement

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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the mid-Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, he spent much of his professional life in Vienna. He is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the “Three Bs” of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.

Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, voice, and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire.

Brahms has been considered both a traditionalist and an innovator, by his contemporaries and by later writers. His music is rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. Embedded within those structures are deeply romantic motifs. While some contemporaries found his music to be overly academic, his contribution and craftsmanship were admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms’s works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers.

Brahms maintained a classical sense of form and order in his works, in contrast to the opulence of the music of many of his contemporaries. Thus, many admirers (though not necessarily Brahms himself) saw him as the champion of traditional forms and “pure music”, as opposed to the “New German” embrace of programme music.

Johannes Brahms (* 7. Mai 1833 in Hamburg; † 3. April 1897 in Wien) war ein deutscher Komponist, Pianist und Dirigent. Seine Kompositionen werden vorwiegend der Hochromantik zugeordnet; durch die Einbeziehung barocker und klassischer Formen gehen sie aber über diese hinaus. Brahms gilt als einer der bedeutendsten Komponisten der Musikgeschichte.

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