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Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel

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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (tr. Sheen)


General Info

Year: 1861
Duration: c. 26:00
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Masters Music Publications
Cost: Score & Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - Unknown


Instrumentation

Full Score
Flute I-II (doubling piccolo)
Bb Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (III doubles Bass Clarinet)
Bassoon I-II-III (III doubles contrabassoon)
Horn in F I-II-III


Errata

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Program Notes

The Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24, is a work for solo piano written by Johannes Brahms in 1861. It consists of a set of twenty-five variations and a concluding fugue, all based on a theme from George Frideric Handel's Harpsichord Suite No. 1 in B♭ major, HWV 434.

The great music writer Donald Tovey has ranked it among "the half-dozen greatest sets of variations ever written". Biographer Jan Swafford describes the Handel Variations as "perhaps the finest set of piano variations since Beethoven", adding, "Besides a masterful unfolding of ideas concluding with an exuberant fugue with a finish designed to bring down the house, the work is quintessentially Brahms in other ways: the filler of traditional forms with fresh energy and imagination; the historical eclectic able to start off with a gallant little tune of Handel's, Baroque ornaments and all, and integrate it seamlessly into his own voice, in a work of massive scope and dazzling variety."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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Works for Winds by this Composer

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