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Waltzes, op. 39

By Johannes Brahms

Composed by Johannes Brahms (1833-1897). Edited by Christian Kohn. This edition: urtext edition. Stapled. Barenreiter Urtext. Performance score. Opus 39. Baerenreiter Verlag #BA09602. Published by Baerenreiter Verlag (BA.BA09602).

Item Number: BA.BA09602

ISBN 9790006541140. 31 x 24.3 cm inches. Text Language: German/English. Preface: Christian Kohn.

Brahms' popular 16Waltzes, opus 39, composed in 1866 for four hands, were transcribed by Brahms one year later for two hands. At the request of his publisher, Brahms also wrote an easier version of the work for solo piano. Brahms himself described the first version as suitable forreasonable hands, that is for proficient players, and the easier version asperhaps for prettier hands, that is, for domestic music-making. He initially described the latter version to his publisher as achildren's edition. The catchy and musically easily accessible pieces are among the composer's most popular works and are particularly suitable for piano students and lovers of the Romantic repertoire.

Both versions of theWaltzesop. 39 (BA 9602, BA 9603) are available in separate editions and form an important contribution to Barenreiter's series of Brahms's works in scholarly-critical Urtext editions. Both editions include fingering, a well-presented musical layout and optimum page-turns. The Urtext editions are complemented by explanations on performance practice used by Brahms, an informative foreword on the genesis, sources and significance of the works together with comments on the primary sources.

- A key work in the Romantic piano repertoire
- All known sources and the latest research findings taken into account
- Well-presented musical layout with optimum page-turns
- Includes fingering
- Suggestions on performance practice and interpretation (Ger/Eng)
- Informative foreword (Ger/Eng) and critical commentary (Eng)

The editor
Christian Kohn teaches piano at the Musikhochschule in Detmold. One of his specialties is the piano music of Johannes Brahms. Together with his duet partner Silke-Thora Matthies, he is a prize-winner of the Munich Competition and has released the world's first complete recording of Brahms's works for piano duet. In addition to the Serenades for piano four-hands, opp. 11 and 16 (BA 6570 and 6571), he has already edited many of Brahms's solo piano works for Barenreiter.

About Barenreiter Urtext

What can I expect from a Barenreiter Urtext edition?

- A reliable musical text based on all available sources
- A description of the sources
- Information on the genesis and history of the work
- Valuable notes on performance practice
- Includes an introduction with critical commentary explaining source discrepancies and editorial decisions

- Page-turns, fold-out pages, and cues where you need them
- A well-presented layout and a user-friendly format
- Excellent print quality
- Superior paper and binding


  • Ratings + Reviews

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  • May 22, 2020 Brahms is Beautiful

    These waltzes are fairly easy to play with some diligent practicing, but can be deceptive in their supposed simplicity. This version is the “harder” of the two while there is an easier version also by Barenreiter. As usual the print is easy to read, good page turns when necessary and...

    printed in the highest quality that one comes to expect from Barenreiter.

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