Brahms Studies - Vol. 1

Brahms Studies - Vol. 1

Brahms Studies - Vol. 1

Brahms Studies - Vol. 1

Excerpt

In March 1855, while living in Düsseldorf near Clara Schumann and her children, Johannes Brahms filled a little commonplace book with German proverbs. This small, upright notebook, measuring 16.5 by 19.8 centimeters, was found in the composer's apartment after his death and acquired by the Wiener Brahms-Gesellschaft, which subsequently gave it, along with other Brahms documents, to the Handschriftensammlung of the Stadt- und Landesbibliothek in Vienna (catalog no. Ia 79.561).

Whether Brahms gathered these sayings together simply for his own enjoyment and edification or to be read by others as well -- perhaps the Schumann children -- we do not know. The notebook bears no dedication or other inscription that would provide a clue. The regular and spacious layout of the manuscript and the formality of title, date, and epigraph -- "Good maxims, wise lessons one must practice, not just hear" -- could suggest an intended readership of more than one. But Brahms was in the habit of preparing such compendiums for himself. In the early 1850s, he had filled several little notebooks with quotations from various poets, philosophers, writers, and musicians, entitling them the Schatzkästlein des jungen Kreislers (Little Treasure Chest of the Young . . .

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.