Piano Sonata No 1 in C major
The Piano Sonata No. 1 in C major, Op. 1, of Johannes Brahms was written in Hamburg in 1853, and published later that year. Despite being his first published work, he had actually composed his Piano Sonata No. 2 first, but chose this work to be his first published opus because he felt that it was of higher quality. The piece was sent along with his second sonata to Breitkopf & Härtel with a letter of recommendation from Robert Schumann. Schumann had already praised Brahms enthusiastically, and the sonata shows signs of an effort to impress in its technical demands and dramatic character. It was dedicated to Joseph Joachim.
The sonata is in four movements:
The first movement is in conventional sonata form with a repeated exposition. The opening of the first theme resembles the opening of Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata. The second movement is a theme and variations inspired by the song Verstohlen geht der Mond auf. Brahms was to rewrite it for female chorus in 1859 (WoO 38/20). The third movement is a scherzo and trio. The fourth is a loose rondo whose theme is noticeably changed at every recurrence. The form of the rondo is a palindrome ABACACABA.
Performances & Interviews
- Brahms and Berg Piano Sonatashttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s6g7m.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s6g7m.jpg2013-09-24T19:32:00.000ZStephen Johnson compares the first published works of Brahms and Berg, examining how each re-imagined the classical idea of a 'piano sonata'.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b03bft0z
Brahms and Berg Piano SonatasStephen Johnson compares the first published works of Brahms and Berg, examining how each re-imagined the classical idea of a 'piano sonata'.