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Sunday, May 07, 2006

Happy Birthday Brahms!

May the 7th, and it's a big day for Taurus fans out there. May 7 is the birthday of two key mainstays of the classical repertoire - Johannes Brahms and Peter Tchaikovsky. I'll dedicate this post to Brahms, as I consider his contribution the more sizable, as well as the more significant one, the Russian birthday boy will get his dues next year.

Brahms slaved over his works - compositions lived many incarnations before settling on a fixed instrumental group. Sonatas became Symphonies, then were scaled back to Concertos - this errant aiming is one of the features of the man, as well as his music.

The Handel Variations are a good place to start for those who have been intimidated and bored by Brahms in the past. It's a sticky tune, and all the piano thunder and glitz will have you smiling. Then give the First Symphony a roll, it's palatable, and not an exhausting journey.

Here's a link to some Brahms midis, here.