Brahms the Romantic
An exploration of Brahms’s vocal works.
Brahms is best known as a symphonist and chamber music composer. But like many of his contemporaries he also composed numerous vocal pieces. In the 19th century composers found themselves swept up in the tide of Romanticism and found boundless inspiration in literature – including poems by Goethe and traditional folk verses – which they set to music. Donald Macleod explores Brahms’s lieder output, as well as his often-neglected folksongs and vocal quartets. Some of these lesser-known early works demonstrate the composer’s use of unusual instrumental combinations and incredibly rich orchestration.