Brahms 4 Ballades, Op. 10
4 Ballades, Op. 10
The Ballades, Op. 10, were some of the finest examples of lyrical piano music written by Brahms during his youth. They were dated 1854 and were dedicated to his friend Julius Otto Grimm. Their composition coincided with the beginning of the composer's lifelong affection for Clara Schumann, the wife of Robert Schumann, who was helping Brahms launch his career. Frédéric Chopin had written the last of his famous ballades only 12 years earlier, but Brahms approached the genre differently from Chopin, choosing to take its origin in narrative poetry more literally. Brahms's ballades are arranged in two pairs of two, the members of each pair being in parallel keys. The first ballade was inspired by a Scottish poem "Edward" found in a collection compiled by Johann Gottfried Herder. It is also one of the best examples of Brahms's bardic or Ossianic style; its open fifths, octaves, and simple triadic harmonies are supposed to evoke the sense of a mythological past.
Become a Patron!
4 Ballades, Op.10 - Complete Score
4 Ballades, Op.10 - Cover
4 Ballades, Op.10 - 1. Andante
4 Ballades, Op.10 - 2. Andante
4 Ballades, Op.10 - 3. Intermezzo. Allegro
4 Ballades, Op.10 - 4. Andante con moto
4 Ballades, Op.10 - No.1. Andante (D minor)
4 Ballades, Op.10 - No.4. Andante con moto (B major)