Johannes Brahms

Variationen und Fuge über ein Thema von Händel für Klavier B-Dur, op.24
Variation & Fugue on a Theme by Handel for Piano, B major, op. 24

Facsimile of the Autograph from the Collections of the Music Division,
Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. with a Preface by Christoph Eschenbach
and an Introduction by Fréderic Döhl


Brahms, Variations & Fugue on the Theme by Handel, op.24
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Meisterwerke der Musik im Faksimile, 18. Laaber, 2014. Oblong, 32 x 24 cm, xvii, 26 pp. Full-color facsimile of the autograph fair copy dating from September 1861. Entitled “Variationen für eine liebe Freundin” [Clara Schumann], the autograph is a fascinating document abounding in corrections and alterations in tempi, fingerings, dynamics and articulations. Brahms played the piece for the first time in Hamburg 4 Nov. 1861 for a private social gathering at the home of Hermann Wagner. The first public performance was subsequently given by Clara Schumann on 7 Dec. 1861. The imminent music biographer Donald Tovey counts it as among the half dozen greatest sets of variations ever written. Hardbound in decorative paper with faux title etikette. $119


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