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The songs of Johannes Brahms

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In this highly anticipated book, Eric Sams examines each of Johannes Brahms's 213 songs, translates the texts into English, and provides original commentary on points of musicology and literary detail. Sams here reveals for the first time the full extent of the poetry, fantasy, and humour of the composers work. After an introduction to Brahms as a songwriter and to his use of motifs, the book offers a complete song-by-song analysis and will serve as an invaluable companion for students, performers, and listeners alike.Sams demonstrates how Brahms built a verbal expressiveness from his unsurpassed devotion to musicianship and musicology. Songs were among Brahms's first and last works, and much of his music is associated with words, whether overt texts or covert allusions. Essential to the composers method of songwriting was a harmony between musical form and poetic text. Sams underscores the use of motifs at the core of Brahms's song-music. He argues that it is not so much with words that Brahms sings to us, but with the very music itself. Brahms became the innovator of an all-pervasive new language in which musical form became a medium for poetic dialogue.

2000 Edition, 370pp, Hardback. Book Condition: Used; Very Good, no faults contents clean and unmarked.

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Author(s):
Eric Sams
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0300079621
ISBN-13:
9780300079623
Number of pages:
370
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Title:
The Songs of Johannes Brahms

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In this highly anticipated book, Eric Sams examines each of Johannes Brahms's 213 songs, translates the texts into English, and provides original commentary on points of musicology and literary detail. Sams here reveals for the first time the full extent of the poetry, fantasy, and humour of the composers work. After an introduction to Brahms as a songwriter and to his use of motifs, the book offers a complete song-by-song analysis and will serve as an invaluable companion for students, performers, and listeners alike.Sams demonstrates how Brahms built a verbal expressiveness from his unsurpassed devotion to musicianship and musicology. Songs were among Brahms's first and last works, and much of his music is associated with words, whether overt texts or covert allusions. Essential to the composers method of songwriting was a harmony between musical form and poetic text. Sams underscores the use of motifs at the core of Brahms's song-music. He argues that it is not so much with words that Brahms sings to us, but with the very music itself. Brahms became the innovator of an all-pervasive new language in which musical form became a medium for poetic dialogue.

2000 Edition, 370pp, Hardback. Book Condition: Used; Very Good, no faults contents clean and unmarked.

Author(s):
Eric Sams
Condition:
Used: very good
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0300079621
ISBN-13:
9780300079623
Number of pages:
370
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Title:
The Songs of Johannes Brahms

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