Tuesday, May 13, 2014

To Clara from Johannes

Here is my rendition of Brahms' Theme and Variations in D Minor, his own transcription for piano of the second movement of the String Sextet in B-flat, Op. 18. In 1860, he offered this as a birthday gift to Clara Schumann, concert pianist and life-long friend. The work was not published until 1927.
A sextet has six voices (more if the strings are playing chords).
I was given only two hands.
Definitely a study in transcriptions!
Recorded live at The Redwoods Auditorium, Mill Valley, California
May 13th, 2014

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