Brahms and His Poets

Brahms and His Poets

A Handbook

Natasha Loges

Hardback
$90.00

Boydell Press

Overview

Overview

Covering Brahms's 32 song opuses published during four decades of song-writing, this book offers a way of understanding what Brahms believed to be the right poetic basis for his immortal music.
Johannes Brahms's much-loved solo songs continue to be enjoyed in recordings and on recital stages all over the world. This book provides a wealth of information on the poets whose words he set, many of whom are still unfamiliar. A substantial introduction explores the multiple meanings song-poetry held for Brahms and challenges the widely held opinion that he responded only to the general mood of a poem. It is followed by alphabetically organised essays on the forty-six poets whose verses he set. Each summarises the settings, Brahms's links to the poet, interconnections between the poets, and offers further context situating the poet within a wider literary, cultural and political landscape. The poets are revealed to be part of a deeply collegial cultural community of which Brahms was an active part.
Covering Brahms's 32 song opuses published during four decades of song-writing, this book offers a way of understanding what Brahms believed to be the right poetic basis for his immortal music. It is designed to be an essential reference tool for students and scholars of Johannes Brahms, as well as performers and lovers of his songs.

NATASHA LOGES is Head of Postgraduate Programmes at the Royal College of Music and has co-edited Brahms in the home and the concert hall: Between private and public performance and contributed to the Cambridge History of Musical Performance and is currently co-editing Johannes Brahms in Context. As a song accompanist, she has performed in various venues overseas and in the UK.

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Details

November 2017
40 black and white, 81 line illustrations
496 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781783272365
Format: Hardback
Boydell Press
BIC AVGC5, 1DFG, 2AB, 3JH
BISAC MUS006000, MUS042000, POE001000
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Graham Johnson
Introduction
Index of Solo Opuses publlished in Brahms's Lifetime
Guide to Poet Entries
Alphabetised Poet Entries
Select Bibliography

Reviews

An extremely useful and endlessly fascinating book, which should be an invaluable volume for performers and listeners alike. GRAMOPHONE

Turn to any one of these entries and your understanding of why and how Brahms set a particular text will be deepened many times over...the book's value to interpreters as well to the much wider community of Lieder-lovers cannot be overestimated - it will surely be regarded as an indispensable resource, but can also be dipped into for pleasure as well as information and insight. Five Stars. BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

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