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Hummel's Op. 81: a paradigm for Brahms's Op.2?

Carew, Derek 2005. Hummel's Op. 81: a paradigm for Brahms's Op.2? Ad Parnassum 3 (6) , pp. 133-156.

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This article examines a number of perceived similarities between the thematic material, pianistic writing, harmonic usage and, to a lesser extent, structural procedures of two piano sonatas in the same key of F sharp minor: the Op. 81 (1819) of Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1778-1837) and the better-known Op. 2 (1852) of Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Both composers were prodigious pianists and both were renowned for their improvisational ability. Although there is no documentary evidence of Hummel’s influence on Brahms, it is possible that, given the latter’s exceptional creative energy, his impressionable age (musically speaking) and Hummel’s reputation (even if slightly on the wane at this stage), the older composer’s sonata may well have been the catalyst for that of the younger man’s.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Music
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > ML Literature of music
Publisher: Ut Orpheus Edizioni
ISSN: 1722-3954
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