The Chamber Music of Brahms

The Chamber Music of Brahms

The Chamber Music of Brahms

The Chamber Music of Brahms

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In offering to the public this book, the first, so far as I know, to be devoted entirely to the analytical study of all Brahms's chamber music works, I wish to acknowledge my obligation to the Oberlaender Trust, of the Carl Schurz Memorial Foundation, for making it possible for me to undertake the writing of it. I owe much not merely to Mr. Gustav Oberlaender, the generous founder of the Trust, but also to Dr. Wilbur K. Thomas, its Secretary, for many courtesies and kindnesses.

To the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, where I spent some time studying the Brahms manuscripts, and especially to its Custodians Dr. Karl Geiringer and Dr. Hedwig Kraus, and to its Secretary Dr. Victor Luithlen, whose tireless assistance greatly aided me, I extend my cordial thanks, both for their forwarding of my work and for permission to enrich my book with the three facsimiles from manuscripts of Brahms chamber music works here reproduced for the first time.

In the possession of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde are the following manuscripts of Brahms: the String Quartets in C minor and in A minor, Opus 51; the last movement of the Piano Quartet in C minor, Opus 60; the Cello Sonata in F, Opus 99; the Trio in C minor, Opus 101 ; The Viola Quintet in G, Opus 111; and the Clarinet Quintet .

The manuscript of the G major Violin Sonata, Opus 78 , is at the Brahms Haus in Gmunden, a museum founded by Brahms's friend Miller zu Aichholz on his property above the Traunsee.

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