By Walter Frisch, Kevin C. Karnes
Since its first ebook in 1990, Brahms and His World has turn into a key textual content for listeners, performers, and students attracted to the lifestyles, paintings, and instances of 1 of the 19th century's so much celebrated composers. during this considerably revised and enlarged variation, the editors stay as regards to the imaginative and prescient in the back of the unique e-book whereas updating its contents to mirror new views on Brahms that experience constructed during the last 20 years. To this finish, the unique essays via best specialists are retained and revised, and supplemented through 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 university" of Wagner and Liszt, his impression 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 through a brand new choice of feedback and analyses of Brahms's works released via the composer's contemporaries, documenting the ways that Brahms's tune used to be understood by way of 19th- and early twentieth-century audiences in Europe and North the US. a brand new choice of memoirs via Brahms's buddies, scholars, and early admirers presents intimate glimpses into the composer's operating equipment and character. And a catalog of the song, literature, and visible arts devoted to Brahms records the breadth of effect exerted through the composer upon his contemporaries.
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23. Quoted in Niemann, Brahms, 180. 24. Brahms, Briefwechsel, 7:83. 25. Niemann, Brahms, 175. 26. D. W. Winnicott, “The Location of Cultural Experience,” International Journal of Psychoanalysis 48 (1967):370. • 40 • Brahms the Godfather STYRA AVINS The title of this essay is not capricious. Brahms was godfather to at least sixteen children, a little-known facet of his life that accords strangely with his current reputation as a lonesome and solitary man. His first godchild, Johanna Cossel, was the daughter of his first piano teacher.
Brahms to Schubring, February 1869, in Johannes Brahms, Briefwechsel, rev. edns. (Berlin, 1912–22; repr. Tutzing, 1974), 8:216–17. See the use of the same letter in Walter Frisch, Brahms and the Principle of Developing Variation (Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1984), 32. 16. Louis, Deutsche Musik, 161. 17. Hermann Helmholtz, On the Sensations of Tone, trans. and ed. Alexander J. Ellis (New York, 1954; orig. 1885), 249. 18. , 365–71. 19. See Max Kalbeck, Johannes Brahms (Berlin, 1904–14; rev. ed. Berlin, 1912–21; repr.
Brahms had recently composed his melancholic Alto Rhapsody, op. ”21 Another attractive woman in his life was Elisabeth von Herzogenberg, and again Brahms’s avoidance of physical intimacy is apparent. She had been his piano student, and he broke off the relationship after noticing himself to be uncomfortably sexually aroused in her presence. ”22 He also befriended a couple of contraltos. ” • 35 • JOHANNES BRAHMS, SOLITARY ALTRUIST She premiered many of his most beautiful songs. The other was Alice Barbi, a friend in his old age.