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10. It is noteworthy that the last of the Four Serious Songs, Op. 121 (1896), expressing the importance of faith, hope, and love, also begins and ends in E-flat major. This was another farewell by Brahms to his other favourite genre, the song.

11. Quoted by Fanny Davies as Brahms’s response to a question about how to play one of his pieces, in her recollections (1929: 184).

  • 12.

    From Florence May, Johannes Brahms, 1:19, cited in Musgrave, 2000:129.

  • 13.

    Henschel, Musings and Memoirs, 313-14, cited in Musgrave, 2000: 146.

  • 14.

    See note 12.


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