5 Songs, Op.104 (Brahms, Johannes)




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Performers Ensemberlino Vocale / Ulrich Kaiser (conductor)
Publisher Info. Ulrich Kaiser
Misc. Notes Recorded 1992-1994, Berlin
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Editor First edition [October 1888]
Publisher. Info. Berlin: N. Simrock, 1889. Plate 9053.
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Editor Eusebius Mandyczewski (1857-1929)
Publisher. Info. Johannes Brahms: Sämtliche Werke, Band 21: Mehrstimmige Gesänge ohne Begleitung
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1926-27. Plate J.B. 118.
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General Information

Work Title 5 Songs
Alternative. Title 5 Gesänge
Composer Brahms, Johannes
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.104
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 124
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 songs
  1. Nachtwache ("Leise Töne der Brust")
    Langsam (B minor)
  2. Nachtwache ("Ruhn sie? rufet das Horn des Wächters")
    Feierlich bewegt (E-flat major)
  3. Letztes Glück ("Leblos gleitet Blatt um Blatt")
    Ziemlich langsam (F minor)
  4. Verlorene Jugend ("Brausten alle Berge")
    Lebhaft, doch nicht zu schnell (D minor–D major)
  5. Im Herbst ("Ernst ist der Herbst")
    Andante (C minor–C major)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1886–1888?
First Performance. 1889-03-29 — Hamburg (Nos.2 and 5)
1889-04-03 — Vienna (complete)
First Publication. 1888 – Berlin: N. Simrock
Librettist see listing
  1. Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866)
  2. Friedrich Rückert (1788-1866)
  3. Max Kalbeck (1850–1921)
  4. Josef Wenzig (1807–1876)
  5. Klaus Groth (1819–1899)
Language German
Average DurationAvg. Duration 13 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Nos.1 to 3 — Chorus (SAATBB)
No.4 — Chorus (SATBB)
No.5 — Chorus (SATB)
External Links KDH Listening Guide
Wikipedia article

Misc. Comments

Version History

  • Composed for unaccompanied mixed voices, 1888?
  • An earlier version of No.5 dates from 1886 (first performance: Hamburg, 25 March 1887).