Brahms Among Friends: Listening, Performance, and the by Paul Berry

By Paul Berry

Brahms between neighbors identifies styles of listening, functionality, and composition between shut buddies of Johannes Brahms and explores how these styles trained the construction and reception of his song within the intimate genres of tune, sonata, trio, and piano miniature. one of the tangled threads of counterpoint and condition that sure Brahms to his associates used to be the means of allusive musical borrowing, wherein a short passage from a well-recognized paintings was once drawn into the material of a brand new composition. For the categorical listeners whose behavior of brain and musicianship he knew top, allusive borrowings may well develop into rhetorically charged gestures, persuasively revising the meanings his song conveyed and the interpretive options it invited.

Primary files, unique manuscripts, music-analytic comparability, and kinesthetic parameters skilled within the act of functionality all paintings in tandem to aid ten case experiences within the interaction among Brahms's small-scale works and the ladies and males who encountered them sooner than book. primary characters comprise violinist Joseph Joachim, singers Amalie Joachim, Julius Stockhausen, and Agathe von Siebold, composers Heinrich and Elisabeth von Herzogenberg, and pianists Emma Engelmann and Clara Schumann. For those musicians and for the composer himself, Brahms's allusive tune served a wide number of emotional wishes and interpersonal ends. but throughout varied repertoire and interdisciplinary correlates starting from ethnography to psychoanalysis, each one case research furthers a unmarried, underlying objective: to reconstruct the jointly based views of traditionally positioned brokers and repair forgotten good points in their communicative landscapes as bases for either musical and ancient scrutiny.

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