It has suddenly dawned on me that I am performing an awful lot of Brahms in the next couple of years. So, why not see if I can programme, within a set period, everything he wrote that features the violin in a solo or chamber capacity?
This is really no hardship – is there any other composer who composed a body of chamber music for which this would be possible and such a pleasure? Mozart and Beethoven composed on such a scale that the resources required would probably be beyond me, and although Schubert might be achievable it is all very hard on the player’s patience!
So here is the list of what I will be playing: (thanks to Wikipaedia!)
- Op. 77, Violin Concerto in D major (1878)
- Op. 102, Double Concerto in A minor, for violin, cello and orchestra (1887)
- Op. 78, Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major (1878–79)
- Op. 100, Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major (1886)
- Op. 108, Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor (1887)
- Op. 120, Two Clarinet Sonatas (1894)
- No. 1 Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor
- No. 2 Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E-flat major
- Op. 8, Piano Trio No. 1 in B major/minor (two versions, 1854 and 1891-edited)
- Op. 87, Piano Trio No. 2 in C major (two versions, 1882 and 1891-edited G.Schumann)
- Op. 101, Piano Trio No. 3 in C minor (1886)
- Op. 40, Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano in E-flat major (1865)
- Op. 51, Two String Quartets
- String Quartet No. 1 in C minor (1873)
- String Quartet No. 2 in A minor (1873)
- Op. 67, String Quartet No. 3 in B-flat major (1876)
- Op. 25, Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor (1861)
- Op. 26, Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major (1861)
- Op. 60, Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor (1875)
QUINTETS AND SEXTETS
- Op. 88, String Quintet No. 1 in F major (1882)
- Op. 111, String Quintet No. 2 in G major (“Prater”) (1890)
The eagle eyed amongst you may be surprised to see the Clarinet Sonatas. Obviously I don’t play the clarinet, but these are commonly played on the Viola, an instrument I am rarely seen putting under my chin. Well, that may change – I am contemplating whether to play them in that form, or in Brahms’ own arrangements for violin and piano.
I will put together a separate wordpress site with details of the performances in due course. In the meantime if you would be interested in helping fill the gaps do let me know!