Alto Rhapsody, Op.53 (Brahms, Johannes)

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Publisher. Info. Berlin: Simrock'sche Musikhandlung, n.d.[1870]. Plate 374.
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Editor Eusebius Mandyczewski (1857-1929)
Publisher. Info. Sämtliche Werke, Band 19: Chorwerke mit Orchester III
Leipzig: Breitkopf & Härtel, 1926-27. Plate J.B. 92.
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Editor Eusebius Mandyczewski (1857-1929)
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.[1926]. Plate Orch-Bibl 3219.
Reprinted New York: E.F. Kalmus, n.d.(1933-70).
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Translator Robert Hugh Benson (1871-1914), English text
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Publisher. Info. Berlin: N. Simrock, n.d.[1896].
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Editor Eusebius Mandyczewski (1857-1929)
Language German / English
Translator Florence T. Jameson (fl.1915-1930), English text
Publisher. Info. Leipzig: Breitkopf und Härtel, n.d.[1926].
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General Information

Work Title Alto Rhapsody
Alternative. Title Alt-Rhapsodie
Name Translations Alttorapsodia; アルト・ラプソディ; Rapsodia para alto (Brahms); «harzreise im winter» брамса; Rhapsodie pour alto; Rapsòdia per a contralt
Name Aliases Altrhapsodie; アルト・ラプソディー; アルトラプソディ; アルトラプソディー
Authorities WorldCat; Wikipedia; VIAF: 182661476; GND: 300026692; BNF: 13908963f
Composer Brahms, Johannes
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.53
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 4
Key C minor
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's Adagio—Poco Andante—Adagio
Text Incipit Aber abseits, wer ist’s?
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1869
First Performance. 1870-03-03 in Jena, Rosensaal
Pauline Viardot-Garcia (alto)
Akademischen Gesangverein (chorus), Orchestra, Ernst Naumann (conductor)
First Publication. 1870 (January) – Berlin: Simrock'sche Musikhandlung
  • Full score - Plate 374, 39 pages
  • Vocal score - Plate 375, 15 pages
Librettist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)
Language German
Dedication Julie Schumann (Clara Schumann's daughter, 1845-1872)
Average DurationAvg. Duration 13-14 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation alto, men's chorus, orchestra
Men's Chorus (TTBB)
Orchestra
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, strings
Discography MusicBrainz
External Links Wikipedia article
All Music Guide
KDH Listening Guide

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