I guess, when you get right down to is, I’m partial to piano compositions, especially solo piano. But even sonatas written for two pianos (like what I’m listening to today) are compelling to me.
Here’s what’s on tap today:
Sonata for Two Pianos in F minor Op. 34bis
I’m not sure what “bis” means. I haven’t run across that before, to my knowledge.
Here’s who’s playing what’s on tap today:
Begonia Uriate piano
Karl-Hermann Mrongovius piano
According to the IMSLP web site, this was composed in 1864. If that’s true, Brahms was 31.
I think my favorites of the four movements are the last two – Movement III (“Scherzo: Allegro”) and Movement IV (“Finale: Poco sostenuto – Allegro non troppo – Presto non troppo”). They’re a bit bouncier, have a little more life to them.
Another Favorite Brahms composition!