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

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Recordings

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Cypressdome (2015/4/29)

Performers Gary Poster, bass
Carl Banner, piano
Publisher Info. Washington, DC: Washington Musica Viva
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Sheet Music

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Low Voice (Original keys)

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Editor First edition
Engraver Leipzig: C.G. Röder.
Publisher. Info. Berlin: N. Simrock, 1896. Plate 10679.
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Editor Eusebius Mandyczewski (1857-1929)
Publisher. Info. Johannes Brahms: Sämtliche Werke, Band 26 (pp.44-61)
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1926-27. Plate J.B. 168.
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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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Very Low Voice (Transposed)

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Language German / English / French
Translator Paul England (ca.1863-1932), English text
Amédée Boutarel (1855-1924), French text
Publisher. Info. Berlin: N. Simrock, n.d. Plate 13500.
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Misc. Notes Transposed to C minor, F minor, D minor, D major
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High Voice (Transposed)

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Editor Max Friedlaender (1852-1934)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Edition Peters, No.3692a, n.d.(ca.1920?). Plate 10280. (pp.137-53)
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

For Low Voice and Organ (Keller)
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Hermann Keller (1885-1967)

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Paul England (ca.1863–1932)

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German / English

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

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For Piano solo (Reger)

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Arranger Max Reger (1873–1916)
Publisher. Info. Berlin: N. Simrock, 1912. Plate 13034.
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General Information

Work Title 4 Serious Songs
Alternative. Title Vier ernste Gesänge
Composer Brahms, Johannes
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.121
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 4 songs
  1. Denn es gehet dem Menschen
    Andante (D minor)
  2. Ich wandte mich und sahe an alle
    Andante (G minor)
  3. O Tod, wie bitter bist du Bass
    Grave (E minor–E major)
  4. Wenn ich mit Menschen und mit Engelszungen redete
    Con moto ed anima (E major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 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
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
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