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Variation II.mp3 Variations on a Theme By J. Brahms.pdf This is my entry to the Fall 2016 Competition! The theme in question is from the famous finale of Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 1. Please see the attached notes for more information about the piece. For your reference, here is a snippet of the theme: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhHb-62BfpI Thanks for listening, and feel free to share any feedback!
In the past, Johannes Brahms was seen as a "traditionalist" at a time when Richard Wagner was seen as the way of the future. Many regarded (and still regard) Brahms' music as a throwback to the days of Haydn and early Beethoven, and was looked down by some of his contemporaries for not progressing beyond what Beethoven achieved. In the early 20th century, these views began to change considerably. Ever since Arnold Schoenberg wrote his famous essay "Brahms, the Progressive", many musicians have changed their views regarding Brahms' musical influence. However, I have encountered many people who greatly dislike Brahms, and I haven't been able to get a clear answer for that. Feel free to share your thoughts on why you love, hate, or are indifferent to Brahms and his music!
I have read the works of Fux and Rameau, I am interested in writing music in the style of the baroque and the classical. Before I practice their teachings I have some questions: Apparently Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms ALL studied along the lines of Fux, and disagreed with much of Rameau's teachings. Again, considering that I am ONLY interested in writing music in the style of the baroque and the classical, should I abandon Rameau and stick only to Fux? I asked this question a month ago, but did not give as much information. Thanks.