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Nanie, Op.82

By Johannes Brahms

Choir and piano chorus, keyboard
Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Edited by Eusebius Mandyczewski. This edition: Paperback. Secular Cantata, Transcriptions, Original Works, Choral. Romantic Period; German. Vocal score. With Text Language: German, English. Composed 1881. Duration 14 minutes. Serenissima #19443. Published by Serenissima (SA.19443).

Item Number: SA.19443

ISBN 9781932419443. 9.5 x 12.5 inches.

Brahms enriched the genre of chorus and orchestra with two impressive works from the early 1880s: In 1881, he set a text to Schiller's Nanie (Op. 82, four-part chorus and orchestra) and the next year (1882) he set Goethe's Song of the Fates (Op. 89, six-part chorus and orchestra). Brahms composed the piece in 1881, in memory of his deceased friend Anselm Feuerbach. Nanie (Song of Lamentation) is not about simple despair or mere complaint. Even in such dark moments, Schiller's romanticism is expressed as a yearning for the unattainable. The work opens with Auch das Schone muss sterben! (Even Beauty must die), and the tension between the veracity of the message and the yearning of the human spirit for the timelessness of temporality and the eternal recurrence of beauty can be sensed in the sheer beauty of Brahm's music. Unabridged digitally enhanced reprint of the composer's own vocal score that was issued by Breitkopf and Hartel in the early 20th century.

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  • February 01, 2009 So short but so exquisite

    this is my favorite piece of brahms choral music. it is so exquisitely lyrical and delicate and filled with love. dedicated to the mother of a close friend (who died young), she must have felt so touched to hear this piece, and we are the luckier for its creation.

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