Sonate für Klavier und Violine Nr. 1 G-Dur Opus 78. Faksimile nach dem Autograph der Wienbibliothek im Rathaus, Musiksammlung, Wien. Mit einem Geleitwort von Julia Fischer und einer Einführung von Eberhard Hüppe
[Sonata, violin, piano, no.1, op.78, G major]
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der Musik im Faksimile, 27. Laaber, 2013. Oblong, 38 x 30 cm, xxii, 36 pp. 3-color halftone of the autograph score signed "June 1879". It's the composer's first sonata for violin & piano, sometimes referred to as the "Regenlied Sonata" because of the self borrowing of the first two bars from the song Regenlied (op.59 no.3) for the main theme of the third movement. Its melancholic mood has been recently connected with Brahms' sadness over the deteriorating health and eventual death of his godson, Felix Schumann—son of Clara and Robert—who intermittently strove to become a violinist. The autograph is teeming with corrections and alterations, most likely made shortly after the first performance of the piece in August 1879 given by Brahms and Joachim in a private setting. The sonata received its first public performance by Robert Heckmann & Marie Heckmann-Hertig in Bonn, 8 Nov. 1879. Hardbound.