Brahms's musical world: balancing the evidence

Philip, Robert (2003). Brahms's musical world: balancing the evidence. In: Musgrave, Michael and Sherman, Bernard D. eds. Performing Brahms: early evidence of performance style. Musical performance and reception. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 349–372.



A great deal of evidence survives about how Brahms and his contemporaries performed his music. But much of this evidence - found in letters, autograph scores, treatises, publications, recordings, and more - has been hard to access, both for musicians and for scholars. This book brings the most important evidence together into one volume. It also includes discussions by leading Brahms scholars of the many issues raised by the evidence. The period spanned by the life of Brahms and the following generation saw a crucial transition in performance style. As a result, modern performance practices differ significantly from those of Brahms’s time. By exploring the musical styles and habits of Brahms’s era, this book will help musicians and scholars understand Brahms’s music better and bring fresh ideas to present-day performance. The value of the book is greatly enhanced by the accompanying CD of historic recordings - including a performance by Brahms himself.

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