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  • Breitkopf & Härtel


    Brahms: Variations for Piano, Op. 21

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    • Composer: Johannes Brahms
    • Editor: Eusebius Mandyczewski
    • Instrumentation: Piano
    • ISMN: 9790004165492
    • Size: 9.1 x 12.0 inches
    • Pages: 24
    • Urtext / Critical Edition


    The story of the origins of the Variations, Op. 21 is typical on the whole for the evolution of a composition by Brahms from inception to printing status. Brahms wrote the pieces in 1853/54 (Variations on a Hungarian Song) and 1857 (Variations on an Original Theme). Then he sought the advice of his friend Joseph Joachim, who suggested that Brahms put the Hungarian Variations aside "for a while." It was not until July 1861 -- and perhaps after comprehensive revisions -- that Brahms sent both variation cycles to his publisher Simrock.