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Brahms, Johannes

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  • Brahms, Johannes
  • Autograph musical quotation from the "Haydn Variations" op.56, signed
  • paper
the opening three bars of Variation IV, here inscribed, "Andante...zu freundlicher Erinnerung, J. Brahms, Wien Okt 83", notated in short score on two staves, in brown ink,

1 page, 15.2 x 14.4cm, Vienna, October 1883, light overall browning, trace of mounting on verso

Catalogue Note

Variationen über ein Thema von Jos. Haydn are among Brahms' best-loved orchestral works, and one of the most significant composed before the four symphonies. They were written in 1873 and published by Simrock in 1874, for orchestra as op.56a, and in the composer's own version for two pianos as op.56b. In the orchestral version the three parts written here are played by oboe and horn, viola, cello and double bass. The attribution of the theme to Haydn is incorrect and these variations are known today as Variations on the "St Anthony Chorale".