Johannes Brahms: Life and Letters (Hardback)
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Johannes Brahms: Life and Letters (Hardback)

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Hardback 908 Pages / Published: 11/12/1997
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This book is the first comprehensive collection of the letters of Johannes Brahms ever to appear in English. Over 550 are included, virtually all uncut, and there are over a dozen published here for the first time in any language. Although he corresponded throughout his life with some of the great performers, composers, musicologists, writers, scientists, and artists of the day, and although thousands of his letters have survived, English readers have until now had scant opportunity to meet Brahms in person, through his words, and in his own voice. `I am aware of my bad habit of writing briefly but obscurely', Brahms once wrote to a friend. He was needlessly hard on himself, for his letters describe many significant events in his life, throw light on his friendships and music, and reveal his wit, idealism, intelligence, generosity, sarcasm, and above all his powerful sense of integrity. The letters in this volume range from 1848 to just before his death. They include all Brahms's letters to Robert Schumann, over a hundred letters to Clara Schumann, and the complete Brahms-Wagner correspondence. They are joined by a running commentary to form an absorbing narrative, documented with scholarly care, provided with comprehensive notes, but written for the general music lover. The result is a lively biography. The book is generously illustrated, and contains several detailed appendices and an index.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198162346
Number of pages: 908
Weight: 1422 g
Dimensions: 242 x 167 x 49 mm


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Avins and Josef Eisinger provide very sensitive and readable translations, and the content is brought fully to life by the excellent production ... This book will certainly stimulate many fresh ideas about the composer and his world, as well as provide a rich source of quotation for years to come * Music and Letters *
Occasionally a book comes along which changes perceptions of its subject. This is such a book. Her annotations are not only scholarly but often witty and always full of common sense. The translation is lively ... Wherever you read in these 858 pages, you will feel you are in Brahms's world and that he is speaking to you * Michael Kennedy, The Sunday Telegraph *
Until I read this long, richly informative book - the first substantial edition of his [Brahms] letters to be published in English - I never felt much curiosity about Brahms * David Cairns, The Sunday Times *

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