Johannes Brahms: Life and Letters

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 858 pages
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This book is the first comprehensive collection of the letters of Johannes Brahms ever to appear in English. Over 550 are included, virtually all uncut, and there are over a dozen published here for the first time in any language. Although he corresponded throughout his life with some of the great performers, composers, musicologists, writers, scientists, and artists of the day, and although thousands of his letters have survived, English readers have until now had scant opportunity to meet Brahms in person, through his own words, and in his own voice. 'I am aware of my bad habit of writing briefly but obscurely', Brahms once wrote to a friend. He was needlessly hard on himself, for his letters describe many significant events in his life, throw light on his friendships and music, and reveal his wit, idealism, intelligence, generosity, sarcasm, and above all his powerful sense of integrity. The letters in this volume range from 1848 to just before his death. They includeall Brahms's letters to Robert Schumann, over a hundred letters to Clara Schumann, and the complete Brahms-Wagner correspondence. They are joined by a running commentary to form an absorbing narrative, documented with scholarly care, provided with comprehensive notes, but written for the general music lover. The result is a lively biography. The work is generously illustrated, and contains several detailed appendices and an index.
  

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User Review  - ellenflorman - LibraryThing

I took a course on Brahms with Styra Avins while she was working ont his book. She was very knowledgeable and passionate about Brahms as well as an excellent cellist. The scholarship here is excellent! Read full review

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Avins, a cellist and musicologist at Drew University, has filled a conspicuous lacuna in Brahms scholarship, as no general collection of Brahms's letters had ever before been translated into English ... Read full review

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Additional Notes
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Appendices
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Letters 376385 546
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Bibliography
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Illustration Acknowledgements
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About the author (2001)

Avins studied cello at the Juilliard School of Music and has a Master's Degree in Cello from the Manhattan School of Music. Eisinger (Avins's husband) is a scientist and writer.

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