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String Sextet No. 1

Composer: Brahms Johannes

Instruments: Violin Viola Cello

Tags: Sextet


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Complete Score PDF 19 MBComplete Score (monochrome) PDF 8 MB
1. Allegro ma non troppo PDF 53 MB2. Andante ma moderato PDF 22 MB3. Scherzo. Allegro molto PDF 13 MB4. Rondo. Poco Allegretto e grazioso PDF 51 MB
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Piano (Theodor Kirchner) Bassoon(2) + Clarinet(2) + French horn(2) + Oboe(2) (Patterson, Robert G.) Piano (Robert Keller) Piano four hands (Unknown) Piano four hands (Unknown) Recorder(11) (Jaap Wiebes)
The String Sextet No. 1 in B♭ major, Op. 18, was composed in 1860 by Johannes Brahms and premiered in Hanover by an ensemble led by Joseph Joachim. It was published in 1862 by the firm of Fritz Simrock.
The sextet is scored for two violins, two violas, and two cellos.
The sextet has four movements:
The outlines of the main themes of the first movement and finale are similar (the first four notes of the cello theme of the first movement are almost identical with those of notes two to five of the finale, and there are other similarities more easily heard).
In the same year of its composition, Brahms transcribed the second movement for solo piano, dedicating the arrangement to Clara Schumann.
There are earlier string sextets by Luigi Boccherini (two sets of six each). However, between Boccherini and Brahms, very few for string instruments without piano seem to have been written or published, whereas within the decades following Brahms's two examples, a number of composers, including Antonín Dvořák, Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Joachim Raff, Max Reger, Arnold Schoenberg, and Erich Wolfgang Korngold, all wrote string sextets.
Those few examples of such sextets that appeared between the Boccherini and the Brahms include a sextuor a deux violins, deux violes, violoncelle & basse from the 1780s (still later than the 1776 or so of Boccherini's Op. 23) by Ignaz Pleyel, Ignacy Feliks Dobrzyński's Op. 39 in E♭ (with double-bass, and published in 1848), Louis Spohr's sextet in C major (Op. 140) of 1848, and the sextet in D minor (with double bass) by Aloys Schmitt of 1852 (one other possible exception is the sextet of Ferdinand David – published in 1861 and possibly performed in 1860.)
This sextet was used as soundtrack by French director Louis Malle in the movie "The Lovers" ("Les Amants", 1958). The sextet's second movement is featured in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Sarek". The second movement is also featured in "The Day of the Dead", an episode of Inspector Morse, and in the 2001 French-Austrian film The Piano Teacher.