Piano Music - Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms


1833 (Hamburg) - 1897
Johannes Brahms was a German Romantic composer, pianist and conductor.



📖 “If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon.”


📖 “Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.”


📖 “The idea comes to me from outside of me - and is like a gift. I then take the idea and make it my own - that is where the skill lies.”


📖 “Leave off driving your composers. It might prove to be as dangerous as it is generally unnecessary. After all, composing cannot be turned out like spinning or sewing. Some respected colleagues (Bach, Mozart, Schubert) have spoilt the world terribly. But if we can’t imitate them in the beauty of their writing, we should certainly beware of seeking to match the speed of their writing. It would also be unjust to put all the blame on idleness alone. Many factors combine to make writing harder for us (my contemporaries), and especially me. If, incidentally, they would use us poets for some other purpose, they would see that we are thoroughly and naturally industrious dispositions . . . . I have no time: otherwise I should love to chat on the difficulty of composing and how irresponsible publishers are.”
From Johannes Brahms: Life and Letters


📖 “Study Bach, there you will find everything.”


📖 "My things really are written with an appalling lack of practicability!"
In Letter to Joachim

Quotes by Johannes Brahms














Documentaries, Lectures and Conversations about Brahms


David Dubal's 'Conversations with Arrau' (5 of 6): Brahms




Explore Recordings of Brahms' Music


Ein deutsches Requiem, op. 45
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, soprano
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone
Philharmonia Chorus
Philharmonia Orchestra
Otto Klemperer, conductor
Recorded in 1961




Piano Works by Johannes Brahms



Op. 1 Sonata no.1, C 1852–3

Op. 2 Sonata no.2, f 1852

Op. 4 Scherzo, e

Op. 5 Sonata no.3, f 1853

Op. 9 Variations on a Theme by R. Schumann, f 1854

Op. 10 4 Ballades, d ‘Edward’, D, b, B 1854

Op. 21 Variations on an Original Theme, D, 1857

Op. 21 Variations on a Hungarian Song, D, by 1856

Op. 24 Variations and Fugue on a Theme by G.F. Handel, B, 1861

Op. 35 Variations on a Theme by Paganini, a, 1862–3

Op. 39 [16] Waltzes; arr. of version for pf 4 hands

Op. 76 [8] Klavierstücke, 1879 (Capriccio, f♯ / Capriccio, b / Intermezzo, A/ Intermezzo, B/ Capriccio, c / Intermezzo, A / Intermezzo, a / Capriccio, C)

Op. 79 Two Rhapsodies, b, g 1879, 1880

Op. 116 [7] Fantasien, by 1892 (Capriccio, d / Intermezzo, a / Capriccio, g / Intermezzo, E / Intermezzo, e / Intermezzo, E / Capriccio, d)

Op. 117 Three Intermezzos, E, b, c, 1892

Op. 118 [6] Clavierstücke, by 1893 (Intermezzo, a / Intermezzo, A / Ballade, g / Intermezzo, f / Romance, F / Intermezzo, e

Op. 119 [4] Clavierstücke, by 1893 (Intermezzo, b / Intermezzo, e / Intermezzo, C / Rhapsody, E

WOO1 [10] Hungarian Dances, by 1872; arr. of nos.1–10 from orig. version for pf 4 hands

WOO3 [2] Gavottes, a, A, by 1855

WOO4 posth. [2] Gigues, a, b, 1855

WOO5 posth. [2] Sarabandes, a, b, 1854–5

— Theme and Variations, d, 1860

WOO6 51 Exercises, 1850s–93


Anh. Ia/1 [5] Studies for the Piano (Study after Frédéric Chopin, f, 1869 / Rondo after C.M. von Weber, C, 1852 / Presto after J.S. Bach, g (2 versions), ?1877 / Chaconne by J.S. Bach, d, piano left hand, ?1877

Anh. Ia/2 arr. of Gavotte by Gluck, A, 1871

Anh.Ia/6 arr. of 4 Ländler by Schubert, E, A, c, C, 1869

Anh.Ia/7, arr. of Scherzo by Schumann, E, 1854

Anh.III/4 Piano piece, B

Anh.III/6 Variation on a Theme by Schumann, f, by 1868

Anh.III/9 arr. of H.C. Litolff: Maximilian Robespierre, ov., op.55, physharmonika, piano, 1852

Anh.III/10 arr. of Rákóczi March, a, ?1850s

Anh. IV/2 Study for the Left Hand, E♭; arr. of Schubert’s Impromptu D899 no.2, ?authentic

Anh IV/7 Cadenza to Beethoven: Piano Concerto, c, op.37


Piano Four Hands


Op. 23 Variations on a Theme by R. Schumann, E, 1861

Op. 39 [16] Waltzes, 1865

Op. 52a [18] Liebeslieder, Waltzes, 1874

Op. 65a [15] Neue Liebeslieder, Waltzes, 1875

WOO 1 [21] Hungarian Dances, 1868-1880

Anh. Ia/3, arr. of J. Joachim: Hamlet Overture, op.4, 1853–4

Anh.Ia/6, arr. of 16 Ländler by Schubert, by 1869

Anh.Ia/8, arr. of R. Schumann: Piano Quartet, op.47, E, 1855

Anh. IV/6 Souvenir de la Russie, by 1852 (Hymne national russe de Lvoff, F / Chansonette de Titoff, a / Romance de Warlamoff, a / Le Rossignol de A. Alabieff, d / Chant bohémien, G / ‘KOCA’) chant bohémien, G


Music for Two Pianos


34bis Sonata, f, 1864

Op. 39 [5] Waltzes, 1867

Op. 56b Variations on a Theme by J. Haydn, B, 1873

Anh. Ia/4 arr. of J. Joachim: Demetrius Overture, op.6, D, 1856

Anh.Ia/5 arr. of J. Joachim: Heinrich IV Overture, op.7, C, 1855





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