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Brahms Among Friends: Listening, Performance, and the Rhetoric of Allusion

Paul Berry

Abstract

Brahms Among Friends identifies patterns of listening, performance, and composition among close friends of Johannes Brahms and explores how those patterns informed the creation and reception of his music in the intimate genres of song, sonata, trio, and piano miniature. Among the tangled threads of counterpoint and circumstance that bound Brahms to his acquaintances was the technique of allusive musical borrowing, whereby a brief passage from a familiar work was drawn into the fabric of a new composition. For the specific listeners whose habits of mind and musicianship he knew best, allusive b ... More

Keywords: Brahms, Allusion, Borrowing, Rhetoric, Performance, Listening, Composition, Kinesthetic, Ethnography, Psychoanalysis, Interpretive Strategy, Communicative landscape, Friendship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199982646
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982646.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Berry, author
Yale University