Brahms for Beginners

(1833 - 1897)

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I have compiled below for Parter readers the most suitable works of Brahms, one of the most important composers of the Romantic era, for amateur ears and those who have never heard it before.

In his compositions, I will try to briefly introduce the works that are easier to digest auditory compared to the others as a whole.

Hungarian Dances

There are 5 dances in total, in addition to Hungarian Dance No. 21, which is widely played and will appeal to almost everyone, whether they listen to classical music or not. Arrangements for piano and orchestra can be heard.

Symphony 1 - Opus 68

Brahms stated that he worked on the work, whose sketches date back to 1854 and which was premiered in 1876, for 21 years. I couldn't pass up a piece of work that put so much effort into it.

When you start listening to the piece, you will encounter a magnificent opening. The drum heard in the background will accompany you for two minutes. The orchestra, which takes you to a peak where you don't know what awaits, will fall into a sharp silence at the 29th measure, and a melancholic oboe will enchant you with a wonderful melody.

The first part of the piece lasts about 13 minutes and is sufficient for those listening to the symphony for the first time. It may be difficult to stop here without listening to the rest, but if you want to listen to the whole thing, try it in a place and time that you are sure will not be interrupted.

Contrary to what is said, you can listen to the parts of the works you want by selecting them. This practice was also used in concert programs in the 18th and 19th centuries.

I don't want to give more information and break the spell, have fun listening.

Symphony 3 / III. Chapter / Poco allegretto - Opus 90

As I explained above, only III. I suggest you listen to the episode. You will love this sad melody used in many movies and indispensable for Brahms lovers.

Short Piano Pieces - Opus 117-119

The works composed by Brahms for piano demand high concentration and emotional transfer from the performer. If you enjoyed Brahms' piano miniatures, I recommend you to listen to the last piece that I will recommend below.

Piano Quintet - Opus 34

As the name suggests, you will listen to a piano, two violins, a viola and a cello in the work, which consists of four parts. It can be thought of as a miniature symphony orchestra, but the sense of each instrument will be more prominent because of their small number. I recommend listening to all parts of this work, which contains a certain amount of melancholy, excitement and fun.

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