5 Gesänge, Op.104 (Brahms, Johannes)




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Publisher Info. Ulrich Kaiser
Performers Ensemberlino Vocale / Ulrich Kaiser (conductor)
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. 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
Key see below
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 songs:
  1. Nachtwache. Langsam
  2. Nachtwache. Feierlich bewegt
  3. Letztes Glück. Ziemlich langsam
  4. Verlorene Jugend. Lebhaft, doch nicht zu schnell
  5. Im Herbst. Andante
Text Incipit see below
  1. Leise Töne der Brust
  2. Ruhn sie? rufet das Horn des Wächters
  3. Leblos gleitet Blatt um Blatt
  4. Brausten alle Berge
  5. Ernst ist der Herbst
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1886-1888 ca.
First Performance. 1889-03-29 Hamburg (Nos.2 and 5)
1889-04-03 — Vienna (complete)
First Publication. 1888 Berlin: N. Simrock
Librettist see below
1, 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 mixed chorus (SAATBB)
No.4 mixed horus (SATBB)
No.5 mixed chorus (SATB)
External Links KDH Listening Guide
Wikipedia article
Extra Information Version History
  • Composed for unaccompanied mixed voices, 1888 ca.
  • An earlier version of No.5 dates from 1886 (first performance: Hamburg, 25 March 1887).

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