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Brahms's Symphonies


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Introduction 1. The Romantic Crisis and the German Symphony "Brahms v. Wagner" controversy and the late 19c. notion of the symphony as a dead form 2. The Brahms Symphony: General Style and Characteristic Sound 3. Symphony No. 1 4. Symphony No. 2 5. Symphony No. 3 6. Symphony No. 4 Epilogue: The German Symphony after Brahms

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Though Brahms' symphonies are often treated somewhat like medicine, as something "good for you," but otherwise lacking in purely sensual pleasure, David Hurwitz takes the reader beyond the jargon and pedantry and unlocks the mystery (and the joy) contained within Brahms's symphonies.

About the Author

David Hurwitz has been writing about classical music for more than twenty years. As a critic and commentator, his articles and essays have appeared in such well-known publications as High Fidelity, Opus, Classical Pulse!, In Tune, the New York Observer, Musical America, Stereo Review, CD Review, and numerous other magazines and newspapers, both in the U.S. and abroad. Founder and executive editor of www.ClassicsToday.com, the Internet's first classical music-daily review magazine, Hurwitz is also the author of eight books on subjects ranging from Haydn and Mozart to Mahler (The Mahler Symphonies: An Owner's Manual), Dvorak, Sibelius, and Shostakovich. He lives in New York.

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