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The Organ Music of Johannes Brahms

Barbara Owen


Influenced by Robert and Clara Schumann and Joseph Joachim, Johannes Brahms not only learned to play the organ at the beginning of his career, but also wrote significant compositions for the instrument as a result of his early counterpoint study. He composed for the organ only sporadically or as part of larger choral and instrumental works in his subsequent career. During the final year of his life, however, he returned to pure organ composition with a set of chorale preludes—though many of these are thought to have been revisions of earlier works. Today, the organ works of Johannes Brahms are ... More

Keywords: Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, Joseph Joachim, counterpoint study, chorale preludes, Johannes Brahms

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195311075
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311075.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Owen, author
Boston University