Feb 8, 2021
Ep. 42(a) - It is late November 1862. We find Johannes Brahms in Vienna making a great success of himself for once but reeling from a devastating blow given him by the musical establishment of Hamburg. He will try to pick himself up and carry on with his work, compartmentalizing the tenderness he felt for one place from the bitterness for the other so that he might do so. And then further troubles to deal with: family strife and division that will make his life more difficult than ever; a loss that will wrench his heart and cause him the greatest pain, one for which tears aplenty would not be an adequate response but rather, music; tones and song in memoriam of a cherished loved one on a grand scale.
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Works heard in this episode (all by Brahms):
1. String Sextet in G major op. 36 mvt. 1, Allegro non troppo
2. 9 Lieder and Songs op. 32 no. 9 "Wie bist du, meine Königin"
3-5. String Sextet in G major op. 36 mvts. 2-4, Scherzo, Poco Adagio, Poco Allegro
6, 7. Piano Quintet in f minor op. 34 mvts. 2, 3, Andante, un poco Adagio, Scherzo
8. "Horn" Trio in E-flat major op. 40 mvt. 3 (beginning), Adagio Mesto