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Brahms, Piano Trio No. 1 in B major, Op. 8 (early version)

Performance by Altenberg Trio Wien (Challenge Classics, 2003). I. Allegro con moto [Audio clip: view full post to listen] II. Scherzo: Allegro molto — Trio: Più lento [Audio clip: view full post to listen] III. Adagio non troppo [Audio clip: … Continue reading

05. May 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Brahms, Horn Trio in E-flat major, Op. 40 (historical instruments)

Performance by Isabelle Faust, Stradivarius violin with gut strings; Alexander Melnikov, 1875 Bösendorfer piano; and Teunis van der Zwart, 19th-century natural horn, i.e. valveless Waldhorn (harmonia mundi, 2008). 1. Andante poco più animato [Audio clip: view full post to listen] … Continue reading

05. May 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Mendelssohn, Octet in E-flat major, Op. 20

Live performance by the Borodin and the Fine Arts Quartets on July 20, 1990 at the Festival de St-Riquier, Baie de Somme, France. The performance was held in the abbey church of St. Riquier. I. Allegro moderato ma con fuoco … Continue reading

04. May 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Brahms, Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36

Live performance at the Library of Congress on October 23, 1964 by the Juilliard String Quartet (Robert Mann, Isidore Cohen, Raphael Hillyer, Claus Adam) with Walter Trampler, viola and Bernard Greenhouse, cello (released on DOREMI, 2009). 1. Allegro non troppo … Continue reading

04. May 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Brahms, Quartet No. 2 in A minor, Op. 51/2

Performance by the Emerson String Quartet (Deutsche Grammophon, 2007). 1. Allegro non troppo [Audio clip: view full post to listen] 2. Andante moderato [Audio clip: view full post to listen] 3. Quasi minuetto: Moderato — Allegretto vivace [Audio clip: view … Continue reading

04. May 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Meter

Read this article’s companion on Time Signatures. Meter is the structure of beats. Bars contain beats; but unlike a box of unbuilt Legos the beats are ordered in a hierarchical structure within the bar. Time signatures count the number of … Continue reading

27. April 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Time Signatures

Time signatures are not fractions. Thus 34is pronounced “three four time,” not “three fourths” or “three quarters time”; similarly 68is pronounced “six eight time,” not “six eighths time.” Time signatures answer the question: “How many of what?” Time signatures consist … Continue reading

27. April 2012 by Matthew Hall
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“Romantic”

We classify historical period based on how saliently we can speak of it as a unit. Thus, as a first approximation, calling Brahms “Romantic” simply means he is like other “(German) Romantic” composers (Beethoven, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn, Liszt, Strauss, Bruckner, … Continue reading

26. April 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Class on 4/20 is at 11 AM

REMINDER: CLASS ON FRIDAY, APRIL 20 HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR 11 AM–1 PM. The venue is the Music Room of 42 Brattle Street, as usual. This change is in effect only for April 20. We will resume the normal class … Continue reading

19. April 2012 by Matthew Hall
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Brahms, Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34

Performance by the Emerson String Quartet and Leon Fleisher, piano (Deutsche Grammophon, 2007). 1. Allegro non troppo [Audio clip: view full post to listen] 2. Andante un poco adagio [Audio clip: view full post to listen] 3. Scherzo: Allegro [Audio … Continue reading

19. April 2012 by Matthew Hall
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