Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)|
Piano Quintet in F minor
By Jessica Froelich
Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34 was completed during the summer of 1864. Brahms began composing the piece as a string quintet in 1862. Unsatisfied with his work, he transcribed the quintet into a sonata for two pianos, which he performed with piano virtuoso Carl Tausig. The piece took its final form as a piano quintet. More adventurous than Brahms' usual style, the haunting contrast between the melancholy lilt of the strings and the steadfast resonance of the piano produces an unsettling and heartrending sound.
The emotional exchange between piano and strings has the rise and fall of a deep conversation between friends. Still greatly affected by the tragic death of his companion and mentor, composer Robert Schumann, Brahms conveys an intense sense of longing and reverent affection. Schumann inspired and influenced him during their friendship and throughout his artistic life. Brahms lays bare his heart and soul in this sincerely touching piece.
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