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Brahms—Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118

Lecture no. 14 from the course: The 23 Greatest Solo Piano Works

Brahms—Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118

Taught by Professor Robert Greenberg | 48 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Music & Fine Art Courses

In this lecture’s opening, explore Brahms’s musical aesthetics, a pioneering synthesis that combined 18th-century formal procedures with a fully Romantic expressive content. Also note how his personality and extreme self-criticism affected his creative output. Uncover the riches of the six pieces of Opus 118, highlighting the compositional ingenuity of the wistfully beautiful Intermezzo in A, the radiant Romance in F, and the masterful final Intermezzo, a movement portraying “utmost grief and passion.”

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