4 Serious Songs, Op.121 (Brahms, Johannes)

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Voice and Piano

Low Voice (Original keys)

 Complete score
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PMLP52920-BraWV, S. 485f.pdf
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First edition

Publisher Info.:

Berlin: N. Simrock, 1896. Plate 10679.

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TN-Brahms Werke Band 26 Breitkopf JB 168 Op 121.jpg
Editor:

Eusebius Mandyczewski (1857-1929)

Publisher Info.:

Johannes Brahms: Sämtliche Werke, Band 26
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1926-27. Plate J.B. 168.

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 1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh (Preview)
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 2. Ich wandte mich und sahe (Preview)
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 3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du! (Preview)
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 4. Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelzungen redete (Preview)
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TN-Brahms Album tief Peters Op 121.jpg
Editor:

Max Friedlaender (1852-1934)

Publisher Info.:

Leipzig: Edition Peters, No.3692b, n.d.(ca.1920?). Plate 10281. (pp.137-53)

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High Voice (Transposed)

 1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen wie dem Vieh
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 2. Ich wandte mich und sahe
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 3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du!
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 4. Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelzungen redete
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PMLP52920-Brahms - Op. 121 No. 1.pdf
Editor:

Max Friedlaender (1852-1934)

Publisher Info.:

Leipzig: Edition Peters, No.3692a, n.d.(ca.1920?). Plate 10280. (pp.137-53)

Copyright:

Public Domain [tag/del]

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The original low voice edition is specified for bass and notated in the bass clef. This high voice edition is a third higher and uses the treble clef.

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

For Low Voice and Organ (Keller)
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20 pages, 6.19 MB Uploader: Caprotti (14 June 2011)   
Arranger:

Hermann Keller (1885-1967)

Translator:

Paul England (ca.1863–1932)

Language:

German / English

Publisher Info.:

Berlin: N. Simrock, (1910). Plate 12619.
1896 copyright claim only

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General Information

Work Title 4 Serious Songs
Alternative Title Vier ernste Gesänge
Composer Brahms, Johannes
Opus/Catalogue Number Op.121
Movements/Sections 4 songs
  1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen
    Andante (D minor) (F minor) (C minor)
  2. Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle
    Andante (G minor–G major) (B minor) (F minor)
  3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du Bass
    Grave (E minor–E major) (G minor) (D minor)
  4. Wenn ich mit Menschen und mit Engelszungen redete
    Con moto ed anima (E major) (G major) (D major)
Year/Date of Composition 1896
First Performance 1896-05-24, in the estate of Hagerhof at Bad Honnef
First Publication 1896 (July) – Berlin: N. Simrock
Librettist Martin Luther (1483–1586), from the Bible
Language German
Dedication Max Klinger
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Bass voice + Piano
External Links Wikipedia article
Classical Archives article
The Lied, Art Song, and Choral Texts Archive
KDH Listening Guide
Brahms Society article about premiere


Misc. Comments

One article's typos "Hager Hof" (for "Hagerhof") and "Bad Honnuf" (it's "Bad Honnef" or Honeff in earlier accounts) about the place of premiere of this work have propagated here there and around and about.
Clara Schumann died four days before the day (Whitsunday) on which the work was premiered. See PDF. - Schissel

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