Who really discovered that unplayed piece by Brahms?

Who really discovered that unplayed piece by Brahms?


norman lebrecht

January 20, 2012

It wasn’t the ones who said they did, asserts this New York antiquarian. Read on here.

And watch this:


  • William Bard says:

    It’s a melody from the 2nd movement of the Brahms Horn Trio.

  • NIgel SImeone says:

    I’m glad you’ve drawn attention to the irritating BBC claim. I’ve just posted this on the linked blog, which I hope gives a reasonably clear account of the story.

    The manuscript was identified by Michael Struck of the Neue Brahms Gesamtausgabe [in early 2011] when Doyle’s asked him to do so, and the first known performance – as far as I am aware – was given by Struck’s colleague Jakob Hauschildt during the Conference of the German Gesellschaft für Musikforschung at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel on 8 October 2011, when Katharina Loose (also of the Neue Brahms Gesamtausgabe) gave a paper on the piece. George Bozarth published an article about the piece in the American Brahms Society Newsletter, Vol. XXIX, Number 1, Spring 2011, p. 9.

    Hope that helps!

    Best wishes, Nigel

  • Sam Dole says:

    Anyway, it is a great find and beatiful piece. I just found the piano score here:

  • Dr. Michael Struck says:

    From today I learned, that George Bozarth performed the Albumblatt in his Concert of the Series Mostly Brahms on 28 April 2011. He says it’s on DVD. So Hogwood goes back one more position.
    Michael Struck

    • Michael Struck says:

      I have to correct my information: Not George Bozarth himself, but Pianist Craig Sheppard, who had been informed by Bozarth some few days before, played the first (known) performance of the Albumblatt in Seattle’s Meany Theatre in his “Mostly Brahms” series on Thursday evening, April 28th, 2011.
      He plays from memory (!), which causes some slight variants to the Albumblatt-ms., say: brings it a little bit closer to the later Horn Trio version… He plays very well, I like his feeling and expressing of Brahms’s “Allegro con espressione” and especially his “poco agitato” very much.