Synopses & Reviews
For all those eager to delve more deeply into Brahms's music, is an indispensable companion. In a single volume that covers every work written by Brahms, leading scholars from across the country provide details of each work's composition and discuss its important stylistic features. Interspersed are fascinating essays -- such as "Brahms, Joachim, and the Schumanns" -- that bring the composer and his contemporaries to life. Much more than a collection of program notes, vividly portrays the work and world of one of the giants of Western music history.
The 1997 centennial of Brahms's death has intensified interest among concertgoers and music lovers in the composer's prodigious body of work.
About the Author
Leon Botstein is president of Bard College and director of the American Symphony Orchestra. Among his publications are Music and Its Public and Jefferson's Children: Learning and the Promise of a Democratic Culture.