String Sextet No 1 in B flat major
The String Sextet No. 1 in B♭ major, Op. 18, was composed in 1860 by Johannes Brahms and premiered in Hanover by an ensemble led by Joseph Joachim. It was published in 1862 by the firm of Fritz Simrock.
The sextet is scored for two violins, two violas, and two cellos.
The sextet has four movements:
The outlines of the main themes of the first movement and finale are similar (the first four notes of the cello theme of the first movement are almost identical with those of notes two to five of the finale, and there are other similarities more easily heard).
In the same year of its composition, Brahms transcribed the second movement for solo piano, dedicating the arrangement to Clara Schumann.
Performances & Interviews
- Brahms: String Sextet No.1 in B flathttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqkmb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01bqkmb.jpg2016-10-29T12:31:00.000ZBuilding a Library recommends a recorded version of Brahms's String Sextet No.1.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p04dk3gp
Brahms: String Sextet No.1 in B flatBuilding a Library recommends a recorded version of Brahms's String Sextet No.1.