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Book Title: Forty Favorite Songs for High Voice|
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The author of the book: Johannes Brahms
Edition: Dover Publications
Date of issue: April 2nd 2004
ISBN 13: 9780486435770
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"Songs today have gone so far astray that one cannot cling too closely to one's ideal," Brahms once wrote to Clara Schumann, "and that ideal is the folk song." Songs were among the first and last works of the composer, who possessed a special gift for achieving harmony between musical form and poetic text. The great master of German Lieder wrote more than 200 songs, many of which are among the best loved and most often performed in the repertoire.
This compilation of songs for high voice presents 40 of Brahms's most popular vocal works, including "Ruhe, Süssliebchen," "Wiegenlied" ("Cradle Song"), "Die Mainacht," "Meine Liebe ist grün," and "Wie Melodien zieht es mir." An outstanding collection for study as well as performance, it features lyrics in both German and English.
As Grove's Dictionary of Music and Musicians observes, "Melody was one of the strongest of his gifts, and it is found in particular profusion in the songs…these songs are a source of endless delight."
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Read information about the authorIn 1833, Johannes Brahms was born in Germany. As a teenager playing for drunken sailors in a Hamburg bar, Brahms would prop up books of poetry to read as a diversion. His favorite poet was the anticlerical G.F. Daumer, described by the Catholic Encyclopedia as "an enemy of Christianity". Brahms' works were influenced by such writers as Hoffman, Friedrich Schiller and Robert Burns. He was well-read in philosophy and science, and was an avid hiker who took inspiration from nature. When asked by a conductor to add additional sectarian text to his German Requiem, Brahms responded, "As far as the text is concerned, I confess that I would gladly omit even the word German and instead use Human; also with my best knowledge and will I would dispense with passages like John 3:16." (Jan Swafford, Johannes Brahms: A Biography). A liberal, Brahms ardently opposed anti-Semitism, was approachable even at the height of his fame, and was always generous with his time and charity. Biographer Swafford writes of the young composer: "Though he was to be a freethinker in religion, Johannes pored over the Bible beyond the requirements for his Protestant confirmation." From then on, "Music was Brahms' religion." According to Swafford, Brahms was "a humanist and an agnostic." After nearly 64 years of near perfect health, never even enduring a headache, Brahms succumbed quickly to liver cancer. There was no deathbed conversion. D. 1897.
In his lifetime, Brahms's popularity and influence were considerable; following a comment by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow, he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs". The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers.
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