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Variations on a Theme by Haydn (tr Hindsley)

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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (tr. Mark Hindsley)


This work bears the designation Opus 56.


General Info

Year: 1873 / 197-?
Duration: c. 14:05
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Hindsley Transcriptions
Cost: Score and Parts - $97.00   |   Score Only - $24.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute I
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
Contra-Bassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
Cornets I-II
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium (Bass Clef & Treble Clef)
Tuba
Timpani
Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

The Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn, , now also called the Saint Anthony Variations, is a work in the form of a theme and variations, composed by Johannes Brahms in the summer of 1873 at Tutzing in Bavaria. It consists of a theme in B-flat major based on a Chorale St Antoni, eight variations, and a finale. The work was published in two versions: for two pianos, written first but designated Op. 56b; and for orchestra, designated Op. 56a.

The orchestral version is often said to be the first independent set of variations for orchestra in the history of music, although there is at least one earlier piece in the same form, Antonio Salieri's Twenty-six Variations on 'La folia di Spagna' written in 1815.

The first performance of the orchestral version was given on 2 November 1873 by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra under Brahms's baton.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography

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State Ratings

  • Florida: VI
  • Georgia: VI
  • Kansas: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Virginia: VI


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