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Johannes Brahms

Russell Stinson

in The Reception of Bach's Organ Works from Mendelssohn to Brahms

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195171099
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199865239 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195171099.003.0005
Johannes Brahms

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This chapter concludes that music history has never known a greater Bachian than Johannes Brahms. It explains that as a performer, Brahms championed his music in his entire life, and that as a composer, he regularly assimilated Bach's style into his own works, irrespective of medium or genre. It emphasises that in the domain of organ music, Brahms composed preludes, fugues, and choral settings for the instrument that are undoubtedly modelled after organ works by Bach. It also tells of Brahms's inscriptions or markings in the organ-music volumes of the Bachgesellschaft edition. It then notes that Brahms's response to Bach's organ music shows itself most significantly in his very last work, the Eleven Chorale Preludes. This chapter shows that Brahm's collection represents the most profound response to Bach's organ works in the whole history of music.

Keywords: Philipp Spitta; Johannes Brahms; Choralfantasie; Eleven Chorale Preludes; manualiter; Bachgesellschaft edition

Chapter.  18109 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Musicology and Music History

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