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The Progress of a Motive in Brahms's Intermezzo Op. 119, No. 3
Each of the first three pieces is called an intermezzo , and the last a rhapsody the German spelling Rhapsodie is also common in English publications. He completed these pieces during his summer holiday in Ischl , Upper Austria, in , the first intermezzo being written in May and the following three pieces in June. Two earlier collections of smaller lyric piano pieces, Eight Pieces for Piano Op.
The poetic mood of the first intermezzo from Op. In a letter from May to Clara Schumann , Brahms wrote:.
Pieces (4) for piano, Op. 119
It is teeming with dissonances! Every bar and every note must sound like a ritard[ando], as if one wanted to suck melancholy out of each and every one, lustily and with pleasure out of these very dissonances! Good Lord, this description will [surely] awaken your desire! In fact, no clear tonality can be perceived in the first three bars.
The first chord, for example, could be a B minor seventh chord superimposed on an E minor triad. The entire first section bars 1—16 eludes a definite statement of the tonic, while the coda bars 55—67 ends clearly in B minor.
The middle section of the piece bars 17—46 is in D major, the relative major. It is characterized by more consonant harmonies, a less polyphonic texture and a waltz rhythm.
The E minor intermezzo can be regarded as monothematic , although each recurrence of the theme is significantly transformed. The middle section and coda are in E major, the parallel major.
The length of the phrase is twelve bars, subdividing into two six-bar sections. The first six bars can certainly be heard as two three-bar units whereas the second six-bar section can rather be perceived as three times two bars.
Brahms - Intermezzo, A Minor Op. no.3 sheet music for Piano - encuculche.tk
The second six-bar sub-phrase functions rhythmically as a giant hemiola. This rhythmic gracefulness is opposed by the middle section of the piece. It is arguable that this piece is in binary form and the B section begins at bar 49 where new material appears. The grazioso second theme starting bar 93 is constructed from eight-bar phrases that do not subdivide into four plus four, but into three plus two plus three.
Related Intermezzo, No. 3 from Four Pieces. Op. 119
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