Styra Avins

Styra Avins
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The biography of Johannes Brahms has been marked by a persistent web of myth regarding the circumstances of his childhood and upbringing, with some biographers basing their understanding of the man on these distorted events of his childhood. This paper examines the components of the myth, and a general description of the kind of research needed to...
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Of all the homes in which Brahms was welcome and where his music was promoted during his lifetime, none were more prominent or more numerous than those of the various Wittgensteins, that large, wealthy, influential, art- and music-friendly family which played such a major role in Vienna’s business and cultural life in the second half of the ninetee...
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By rights, the name of George Henschel (given name Isidor Georg Henschel, 1850-1934) ought to be well known to musicians in England and the United States. He was the first conductor of a major American institution, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, where for three years he enjoyed almost pop-star celebrity. A few years later he founded the London Symp...
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On Brahms and his Circle, comprising all the short articles Karl Geiringer wrote on the subject of Johannes Brahms, is an admirable book in many ways, with useful indexes, musical examples, and many illustrations, some of them quite rare. It is a mine of information far beyond what Geiringer provided himself. While this feature is a virtue, it is a...
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Music and Letters 87.1 (2006) 136-141 In August 1888, Johannes Brahms wrote a bitter letter to the Swiss writer Josef Viktor Widmann, and almost put an abrupt end to their otherwise cordial friendship. At issue was Widmann's newspaper account of a speech just given by the new, young, and inexperienced German Kaiser Wilhelm II, and Brahms's reaction...
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Notes 59.2 (2002) 333-337 Michael Musgrave's A Brahms Reader is a collection of personal musings on various aspects of the life, career, and music of Johannes Brahms, by a distinguished scholar who knows the scope and range of Brahms's music possibly better than anyone alive. Musgrave is the author of the most widely circulated book on the subject...

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