Day 332: Piano Sonata No. 1, Scherzo in E Flat Minor, 16 Waltzes

BrahmsCD26Eighteen piano compositions.

Two different pianists.

One CD.

You’d think that would the formula for excitement.

And you’d just about be right.


Four-hand piano is done (at least for the time being). These piano compositions are for two-hand piano.

Performers are:

Kamerhan Turan (tracks 1-5)
Karin Lechner (tracks 6-21)

Compositions are:

Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Op. 1 (Turan)

According to its entry on Wikipedia:

The Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1, of Johannes Brahms was written in Hamburg in 1853, and published later that year. Despite being his first published work, he had actually composed his second piano sonata first, but chose this work to be his first published opus because he felt that it was of higher quality. The piece was sent along with his second sonata to Breitkopf & Härtel with a letter of recommendation from Robert Schumann. Schumann had already praised Brahms enthusiastically, and the sonata shows signs of an effort to impress in its technical demands and dramatic character. It was dedicated to Joseph Joachim.

If that is correct, then Brahms was 20 years old when he composed this music.

And beautiful music it is, too. Very listenable. Exciting. Seems the younger Brahms was Continue reading