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Tuesday, 15 April 2014
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BRAHMS, Johannes, 1833-1897

Alto Rhapsody. Opus 53. For Contralto, Men’s Chorus, and Orchestra. Text from Goethe’s Harzreise im Winter. Introduction by Walter Frisch. A Facsimile Edition from the Composer’s Autograph Manuscript in the Music Division of The New York Public Library.
New York, 1983. 24 x 30 cm, 29, 44 pp. Beautiful 3-color facsimile of the 1869 autograph fair copy (the only surviving manuscript source for the complete work), together with 2 leaves of sketches in the possession of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna. The Alto Rhapsody is one of Brahms’ most moving and successful works composed at a time when he seemed to have felt embittered and angry over the engagement and marriage of Julie Schumann (the second eldest daugther of the Schumanns’) to Count Radicati di Marmorito of Turin. According to Brahms “it is the best thing I have yet done... and if worthy altos are not immediately eager to sing it, there are nevertheless enough people who do need this kind of prayer”. This manuscript apparently was not looked at for the publication of the Sämtliche Werke in 1926. Linen. (few copies remaining) $60 (more info... ) [item no.200]


[Canon, piano, WoO post.29] “Wann hört der Himmel auf zu strafen. . .?” Kanon WoO posthum 29. Faksimile des Autographs.
Vienna, 1995. Oblong, 18 x 12 cm, 1 leaf, 8 pp. 3-color halftone of the autograph score. Commentary and transcription by Otto Biba. Paper portfolio. $21 [item no.7278]


[Deutsches Requiem, op.45, selections] Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit. 5. Satz aus dem “Deutschen Requiem”. Faksimile der ersten Niederschrift. Mit Einleitung von Franz Grasberger. [Ms. Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna].
Tutzing, 1968. Oblong, 32 x 25 cm, 9, 8 pp. Halftone of the autograph score of “Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit”, fifth movement of the Deutsches Requiem, in piano reduction format, presented to Clara Schumann on Christmas, 1866 (together with the entire piano-vocal score of the Requiem mostly in the hand of copyists). This autograph represents a first version which Brahms used as a kind of particell, scribbling indications for instrumentation, to be later realized in the full score. Wrappers with handsome linen paper. $39 (more info... ) [item no.203]


[Deutsches Requiem, op.45, selections] Ein deutsches Requiem. Stichvorlage des Klavierauszuges.
Patrimonia, 80. Berlin, 1994. 21 x 28 cm, 36, with 6 illus pp. Special publication issued on the occasion of the acquisition of the autograph fair copy of the piano-vocal score of Ein Deutsches Requiem by the Brahms-Institut, Lübeck. Includes halftones of four pages from the ms: title page, and one page each from movements I, V, & VII. Contributions by Marianne Tidick, Michael Struck, & Renate Hofmann. With full texts of four letters written by the publisher J. Rieter-Biedermann to the composer. Wrappers. $23 [item no.7083]


[Lieder, selections] Feldeinsamkeit, Opus 86, Nr. 2: “Ich ruhe still im hohen grünen Gras”. Faksimile nach dem in Privatbesitz befindlichen Autograph.
[Henle Music Facsimiles, 8]. Munich, 1983. Oblong, 30 x 23 cm, 4 facs., iii pp. Beautiful 3-color collotype of the presentation autograph fair copy. Composed sometime between 1879 and 1881, this is one of Brahms’ most popular songs, performed on numerous concert programs and published by Simrock both as a part of six songs (“Sechs Lieder”, op.86) and as a single issue. The manuscript reproduced here, written on paper with elaborate marginal decorations in blue ink and with the melody scored in the bass clef, was dedicated to the banker Wilhelm Lindeck of Mannheim who managed an account for the composer. Issued on the occasion of the 150th year of the composer’s birth. Afterword in Ger-Eng by Ernst Herttrich. Wrappers. $65 (more info... ) [item no.202]


[Lieder, selections] [”Sarabande”]. Johannes Brahms und Georg Dietrich Otten. In Verbindung mit einem Faksimile-Druck der Brahms-Urschrift “Sarabande” (h-moll). Herausgegeben von Kurt Stephenson. [Ms. Johannes Brahms Archiv der Staats- und Universitäts-Bibliothek Hamburg].
Jahresgabe 1972 der Brahms-Gesellschaft Hamburg. 21 x 29 cm, 16, 2 pp. Line-cut of the exemplar which the composer presented to Frau Octavia Maria Otten, in appreciation for the many friendly hours he spent in the Otten home. Commentary in Ger. Wrappers in beautiful marbled-paper folder. $25 [item no.1637]


[Lieder, selections] Three Lieder on Poems of Adolf Friedrich Schack. A Facsimile of the Autograph Manuscripts of “Abenddämmerung,” Op. 49 No. 5; “Herbstgefühl,” Op. 48 No. 7; and “Serenade,” Op. 58 No. 8 in the Collection of the Library of Congress.
Washington, D.C, 1983. Oblong, 34 x 28 cm, ix, 8 pp. Beautiful halftone in the original loose folio format. Preface by Donald L. Leavitt and introduction by George Bozarth. In protective folder. $17 [item no.2028]


[Lieder, selections] Wiegenlied. “Guten abend, gut’ Nacht”, Opus 49, Nr. 4. Faksimile nach dem Autograph des Glinka-Nationalmuseums für Musikkultur, Moskau. Mit einem Geleitwort von Brigitte Fassbaender und einer Einführung von Wolfgang Sandberger.
Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile, 30. Laaber, 2014. Oblong, 25 x 17 cm, xiv, 4 pp. Full-color facsimile of Brahms‘ touching “Lullaby and good night”, the intimate and conforting folk song sung by mothers at their children’s bedside. The precious manuscript is an autograph presentation copy sent by Brahms on July 15, 1868 to a couple in Bonn—Arthur and Bertha Faber—to honor the birth of their second son, Hans. Hardbound in decorative paper of faux title etikette. $65 (more info... ) [item no.9349]


[Motet, SATBB, op.29,1] “Es ist das Heil uns kommen her”. Motette Opus 29 Nr.1. Faksimile nach dem Autograph im Besitz des Brahms-Institutes an der Musikhochschule Lübeck mit einem Nachwort von Wolfgang Sandberger.
[Henle Music Facsimiles, 15]. Munich, 2002. 27 x 35 cm, 12, 8 pp. Full-color halftone of the composer’s autograph, presented to Clara Schumann on her 41st birthday, 13 Sept., 1860. Small markings in the ms are believed to be in the hand of Clara Schumann and Joseph Joachim. Produced on the occasion of the manuscript’s acquisition from the Avé-Lallemant family by the Brahms Institut, Lübeck in 2001. Stiff wrappers. $78 (more info... ) [item no.8136]


Volksweisen für Clara Schumann zum 8. Juni 1854. Faksimile nach der Handschrift im Robert Schumann-Haus, Zwickau. Herausgegeben und mit einer Einleitung versehen von Gerd Nauhaus.
Hildesheim, 1997. Oblong, 37 x 27 cm, 14, 16 pp. Halftone of the autograph. $30 [item no.7488]


[Concerto, piano, orch, no.2, op.83, Bb Major] Konzert für Klavier und Orchester Nr. 2 B-Dur Opus 83. Faksimile nach dem Autograph der Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg Carl von Ossietzky. Mit einer Einführung von Jürgen Neubacher und einem Geleitwort von Christoph Eschenbach.
Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile, 28. Laaber, 2013. Oblong, 38 x 30 cm, 21, 172 pp. Beautiful full-color halftone of the autograph fair copy. Since its premiere in Budapest on Nov. 9, 1881 with Brhams as soloist the Bb major Concerto has become a mainstay in the repertory. The autograph, like the Symphony No.4, was used for the first performance and exemplar for the first engraved edition and as such is full of "performance & workshop talk" performance instructions, messages, cues, corrections and other revisions that give the manuscript a living and breathing quality. $406 (more info... ) [item no.9333]


[Concerto, violin, orchestra, op.77, D major] Violinkonzert in D-Dur op. 77. Faksimile nach dem Autograph der Library of Congress, Washington. Mit einem Kommentar von Stefan Drees.
Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile, 19. Laaber, [2013-in prep]. Oblong, 38 x 30 cm, xvi, 106 pp. Beautiful full-color halftone of the autograph. Contains numerous corrections and adjustments (involving phrasing, dynamics and minor note changes) by Brahms’ revered friend Joseph Joachim. Hardbound in decorative paper. (special subscription price) $240 (more info... ) [item no.9268]


[Fantasies, piano, op.116] Fantasien für Klavier opus 116. Faksimile nach dem Autograph, im Besitz der Staats- und Universitätsibliothek Hamburg.
[Henle Music Facsimiles, 11]. Munich, 1997. Oblong, 34 x 28 cm, 24 facs, 8 pp. Full-color halftone of the composer’s “working” autograph, signed “Ischl, summer [18]92”. This is the only surviving source for op.116 (the engraver’s fair copy is now lost), and sheds important light on Brahms’ compositional and copying methods. A comparision with the first printed edition shows interesting changes or refinements in tempi, articulations and harmonic details; the original title of the fourth piece—“Notturno”—has been retitled “Intermezzo” in the final version. Afterword in Ger-Eng by Bernhard Stockmann. Hardbound. $119 (more info... ) [item no.7449]


[Intermezzi, piano, op.117] Drei Intermezzi, Op.117. Edited from the Autograph and Original Edition by Hans-Christian Müller. Fingering by Christoph Eschenbach. [Ms. Sammlungen der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Wien].
Urtext Edition + Faksimile. Vienna, 1973. 4º, 11 facs, ii, 13 pp. Halftone of the autograph, with new authoritative edition. Preface in Ger-Eng-Fr. Wrappers. $23 [item no.207]


[Intermezzi, piano, op.119, nos. 2 & 3] Intermezzi Opus 119 Nr. 2 und 3. Faksimile des Autographs. Mit einem Nachwort von Friedrich G. Zeileis.
Tutzing, 1975. Oblong, 30 x 21 cm, 16,pp. 2-color line-cut of the autograph. This opus composed in Bad Ischl in May and June of 1893 was the composer's last composition for solo piano. Although a fair copy of the work with Brahms' annotations survives in the Juilliard School Library, this facsimile reproduces the only known autograph of the E minor and C major Intermezzi. Wrappers with handsome linen paper with pasted title etikette. $17 (more info... ) [item no.208]


[Quintet, strings, op.88, F major] Streichquintett Nr.1 F-Dur op.88. Faksimilé-Ausgabe. [Brahmsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden].
Baden-Baden, 1994. Oblong, 33 x 26 cm, 46 pp. Fine color reproduction of Brahms’ elegant autograph fair copy, dated and signed May 1882. Limited bibliophile edition of 200 copies. Handsomely bound in dark burgundy leatherette with the composer’s signature embossed in silver. $185 (more info... ) [item no.7077]


[Scherzo, piano, op.4, Eb minor] Scherzo es-Moll op.4. Faksimile des Autographs herausgegeben von Margot Wetzstein. [Staatsarchiv, Leipzig, Signatur B & H 1637].
Hamburg, 1986. Oblong, 35 x 27 cm, 8 facs, 7 pp. Attractive 3-color collotype of the 1851 autograph. This is the earliest work of Brahms known to survive in manuscript (op. 1, 2 & 3 postdate op.4). Brahms’ playing of this piece for the violinist Joseph Joachim, and later Liszt and Schumann, was decisive for his early recognition. Afterword in Ger. Handsome binding with coverboards in decorative paper. $30 (more info... ) [item no.2334]


[Sonata, violin, piano, no.1, op.78, G major] 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.
Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile, 27. Laaber, 2013. Oblong, 38 x 30 cm, xxii, 36 pp. Sepia halftone of the autograph. (special subscription price) $140 (more info... ) [item no.9332]


Symphony No.1 in C Minor, Op.68. The Autograph Score. With an Introduction by Margit L. McCorkle. [Ms. Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, Mary Flagler Cary Collection].
The Pierpont Morgan Library Music Manuscript Reprint Series. New York, 1986. Oblong, 29 x 22 cm, ix, 94 pp. Halftone of 2nd, 3rd and 4th movts of version that served as the engraver’s model for the 1st edition. 3rd and 4th movts used as conductor’s score for several early trial runs. 1st movt destroyed. Wrappers. $40 [item no.210]


Symphony No.4 in E Minor, Op. 98. Facsimile Edition of the Autograph Score in the Possession of the Allgemeine Musikgesellschaft Zürich. Introduction by Günther Birkner / 4. Symphonie in E-Moll, Op. 98. Fasimile des Autographen Manuskripts aus dem Besitz der Allgemeinen Musikgesellschaft Zürich. Einleitung von Günter Birkner.
Zürich, 1974. 35 x 26 cm, 138 pp. Beautiful 6-color facsimile of the autograph full score published on the occasion of the centennial—1874-1974—of the publishing house Edition Eulenburg. An extremely fascinating document, probably used at the first performance of the symphony in Meiningen on 25 Oct. 1885, and full of annotations and corrections by the composer. There are also markings made by contemporary editors in charge of preparing the work for its first publication (Berlin: Simrock, 1886; this important source was not consulted for the edition in the Gesamtausgabe, Leipzig, 1926). Included are such personal and revealing remarks as “Nirgend a2 setzen, immer doppelt streichen! Brahms hat das lieber” (“Never use a2, always engrave double stems! Brahms prefers it!”). Binding and coverboards reproduce look of the original manuscript. $395 (more info... ) [item no.211]


[Trio, piano, clarinet, violoncello, op.114, A minor] Trio für Pianoforte, Clarinette und Violoncell, Opus 114. Faksimile des Autographs und Werkbericht von Alfons Ott. [Ms. Sammlungen der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde, Vienna].
Tutzing, 1958. Oblong, 35 x 27 cm, 14, 32 pp. Outstanding halftone of the elegant 1891 autograph score. Clarinettist Richard Mühlfeld (b.1856), a soloist and chamber virtuoso with the Meininger Hofkapelle, gave Brahms the impetus to write this beautiful Trio, whose composition is also closely tied with the Clarinet Quintet, op.115. The work premiered on 24. Nov. 1891, played directly from the manuscript, Brahms at the piano and Mühlfeld and Robert Hausmann respectively playing clarinet and cello. This facsimile represents the publishing debut of the venerable music publisher Dr. Hans Schneider. Handsome bibliophile edition of 800 copies bound in grey linen with ivory colored boards. $55 (more info... ) [item no.212]


[Variations, 2 pianos, on a theme by Haydn, op.56b] Variationen für zwei Klaviere über ein Thema von Joseph Haydn Opus 56b. Faksimile-Ausgabe nach dem Originalmanuskript im Besitz der Musiksammlung der Wiener Stadt- und Landesbibliothek herausgegeben von Ersnt Hilmar.
Schriftenreihe zu Musik, 1. Tutzing, 1989. Oblong, 35 x 25 cm, xvii, 19 pp. Line-cut of the autograph. This is Brahms’ last large-scale piano work, composed during a summer retreat in Tutzing, 1873. C.F. Pohl, Haydn biographer and librarian of the Vienna Philharmonic Society provided Brahms with the theme—“Chorale St. Antoni”—at the time mistakenly attributed to Haydn. Although it is not known for sure if the piano version (op.56b) preceded the orchestrated version (op.56a), it is known that he first revealed the 2-piano version to Clara Schumann, and two months later presented the orchestra version to his publisher. Introduction in Ger. Wrappers, with reproduction of a woodcut of Tutzing on the cover. $48 (more info... ) [item no.3816]


[Waltz, piano, op.39, no.15] Waltz Op. 39, No. 15. Version for Two Hands (A flat major) and the Composer’s Simplified Version (A major). Edited from the Autograph, the Engraver’s Copy and the Original Edition and with Fingering Added by Hans Höpfel. [Ms. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.]. Urtext Edition + Faksimile.
Vienna, 1982. 4º, 3 facs (oblong), 4 pp. Halftone reproduction together with a new authoritative edition. Preface in Ger-Eng-Fr. Wrappers. $6 [item no.213]


(Biba, Otto) Johannes Brahms in Wien. Katalog von Otto Biba. Austellung, Archiv der Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien 19. April bis 30. Juni 1983.
Vienna, 1983. 21 x 21 cm, 84 pp. Exhibition catalog with 277 entries. Numerous facsimiles from musical autographs, as well as photos, title pages, etc. Wrappers. $20 [item no.2029]


[Correspondence, selection] Mit den Gedanken in Wien. With my Thoughts in Vienna. 5 Letters. Facsimiles, with Commentaries by Otto Biba. Translated by Eugene Harzell. [Ms. Archives of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna].
Vienna, 1984. 15 x 21 cm, 27, 20 pp. Line-cut reproduction of 5 autograph letters in their original format. Commentary and transcription in Ger-Eng. Wrappers. $11 [item no.214]


Grimm, Julius Otto. Zukunfts-Brahmanen-Polka dem lieben Johanni Kreislero juniori (Pseudonymo Brahms) dediziret. Herausgegeben von Otto Biba.
Tutzing, 1983. 23 x 32 cm, 10, with 3 pp. 2-color facsimile of a jocular piece composed by Grimm for piano and presented to Brahms on his 21st birthday. Beautiful period border decorations. With transcription of Grimm’s dedicatory note, a practical edition, and afterword in Ger. Wrappers. $26 [item no.305]


Hofmann, Kurt. Die Erstdrucke der Werke von Johannes Brahms. Bibliographie. Mit Wiedergabe von 209 Titelblättern.
Musikbibliographische Arbeiten, 2. Tutzing, 1975. 16 x 23 cm, xl, 414 pp. Comprehensive bibliographic study of Brahms first editions with 209 halftone reproductions of title pages. Linen. $99 [item no.2030]


(Jacobsen, Christiane) Johannes Brahms: Leben und Werk. Herausgegeben von Christiane Jacobsen.
Wiesbaden, 1983. 32 x 31 cm, 200, with 160 illus pp. Superb documentary with essays by 16 prominent Brahms scholars and numerous reproductions of mss, letters, contemporary photographs and documents. Handsome binding in linen. $61 [item no.2325]


McCorkle, Margit L. Johannes Brahms. Thematisch-Bibliographisches Werkverzeichnis von Margit L. McCorkle. Herausgegeben nach gemeinsamen Verarbeiten mit Donald M. McCorkle.
Munich, 1984. 8º, lxxvii, 841 pp. Comprehensive thematic catalog with musical incipits, references to the complete works edition, and valuable information on origin, autographs, ms copies, first and early editions. Indices and bibliographies. Linen. $245 [item no.6050]