4 Serious Songs, Op.121 (Brahms, Johannes)
Voice and Piano
Low Voice (Original keys)
Berlin: N. Simrock, 1896. Plate 10679.
Colour scan with digital watermark
Eusebius Mandyczewski (1857-1929)
scan: score scanned at 600dpi
filter: score filtered with 2-point algorithm explained in High Quality Scanning
I provide the original scanned version and the filtered, because the filter does some changes (smoothening, sharpening borders) and some portions of the scan get lost sometimes (when they are too small e.g.) - so you can choose your favorite. You may ask me for a manually cleaned version.
3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du!
(with manuscript measure numbers) (Preview)
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4. Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelzungen redete (Preview)
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High Voice (Transposed)
4. Wenn ich mit Menschen- und mit Engelzungen redete
*#64771 - 0.46MB, 5 pp. - (1) - V/V/V - 687x⇩
Max Friedlaender (1852-1934)
Leipzig: Edition Peters, No.3692a, n.d.(ca.1920?). Plate 10280. (pp.137-53)
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.
Arrangements and Transcriptions
For Low Voice and Organ (Keller)
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|Work Title||4 Serious Songs|
|Alternative Title||Vier ernste Gesänge|
|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|
|Instrumentation||Bass voice + Piano|
|External Links||Wikipedia article|
Brahms Society article about premiere
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