Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op.56 (Brahms, Johannes)

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For Orchestra (Brahms)

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For 2 Pianos, Op.56a (Brahms)

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Theme. Andante (No.1)

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Orchestral setting, Op.56a

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Publisher. Info. Johannes Brahms: Sämtliche Werke, Band 3:
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Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1926-27. Plate J.B. 7.
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Two-piano setting, Op.56b

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Publisher. Info. Johannes Brahms: Sämtliche Werke, Band 11:
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Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1926-27. Plate J.B. 44.
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Arrangements and Transcriptions

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For Piano solo (Stark)

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Theme. Andante (No.1)

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Var.7 Allegretto grazioso "Siciliano"

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General Information

Work Title Variations on a Theme by Haydn ("St. Anthony Variations")
Alternative. Title Variationen über ein Thema von Haydn
Composer Brahms, Johannes
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.56
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 146
Key B-flat major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 10 sections:
  • Orchestra setting, Op.56a
  1. Theme. Andante (B-flat major, 29 bars)
  2. Variation 1. Poco più animato (B-flat major, 29 bars)
  3. Variation 2. Più vivace (B-flat minor, 29 bars)
  4. Variation 3. Con moto (B-flat major, 58 bars)
  5. Variation 4. Andante con moto (B-flat minor, 60 bars)
  6. Variation 5. Vivace (B-flat major, 58 bars)
  7. Variation 6. Vivace (B-flat major, 29 bars)
  8. Variation 7. Grazioso (B-flat major, 29 bars)
  9. Variation 8. Presto non troppo (B-flat minor, 39 bars)
  10. Finale. Andante (B-flat major, 111 bars)
  • 2 Pianos setting, Op.56b
  1. Theme. Andante (B-flat major, 29 bars)
  2. Variation 1. Andante con moto (B-flat major, 29 bars)
  3. Variation 2. Vivace (B-flat minor, 29 bars)
  4. Variation 3. Con moto (B-flat major, 58 bars)
  5. Variation 4. Andante (B-flat minor, 60 bars)
  6. Variation 5. Poco Presto (B-flat major, 58 bars)
  7. Variation 6. Vivace (B-flat major, 29 bars)
  8. Variation 7. Grazioso (B-flat major, 29 bars)
  9. Variation 8. Poco Presto (322-360)
  10. Finale. Andante (B-flat major, 111 bars)
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1873
First Performance. 1873-11-02 in Vienna
First Publication. 1873 (November) - 2 pianos
1874 (January) - orchestra
Average DurationAvg. Duration 18 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Version A (1873): 2 pianos
Version B (1874): Orchestra
piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon
4 horns, 3 trumpets, timpani, triangle, strings
Related Works Based on a theme from Divertimento in B-flat major, Hob.II:46 by Haydn*
External Links Wikipedia article
Extra Information *The theme, thought for many years to be by Haydn, is now thought to be by his pupil, Ignaz Pleyel. The second movement of which is based on an old Burgenland chant entitled "Chorale St. Anthony". The two settings are identical in length (despite some repeats being written out in the 2-piano score), but tempo indications have some interesting differences in places.

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