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Die Mainacht (The May Night)

By Johannes Brahms

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SSAA choir and piano - Early Intermediate
Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) and James McCullough (1939-). Arranged by James McCullough. Secular, African American Heritage. Octavo. Duration 3 minutes, 39 seconds. Galaxy Music Corporation #1.3409. Published by Galaxy Music Corporation (EC.1.3409).

Item Number: EC.1.3409

ISBN 600313134098. English, German.

The second in a series of four songs from Brahms' opus 43, which he composed in 1866, at the age of thirty-three. Its form is ternary (ABA) in structure.

This composion clearly lifts the folksong-like qualities of this title well into the realm of the Art Song. Even though some musicologists have found that Die Mainacht has a strong similarity to the Ukrainian folk song used in Rimsky-Korsakov's opera May Night. Duration: 3:39.

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