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BRAHMS'S MUSICAL CIPHERS: ACTS OF HOMAGE AND GESTURES OF EFFACEMENT

John Daverio

in Crossing Paths

Published in print November 2002 | ISBN: 9780195132960
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199867059 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195132960.003.0005
BRAHMS'S MUSICAL CIPHERS: ACTS OF HOMAGE AND GESTURES OF EFFACEMENT

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This chapter examines Brahm's cipher technique. It considers a handful of cases for which Brahms's employment of ciphers is more or less assured. These fall into three categories, which depend on the strength of the evidence: certain or nearly certain; probable; and one case where a composition stands in an indirect relation to a musical cipher. These ciphers include Des jungen Kreislers Schatzk ästlein, nos. 225, 226, 228, 320; “F.A.E.” Sonata for Violin and Piano, Scherzo (movement 3), WoO2; Piano Sonata No. 3 in F minor, Finale, Allegro moderato ma rubato (movement 5); and Fugue in A-flat minor for Organ, WoO8.

Keywords: Brahms; cipher technique; music; certain; probable

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Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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