Brahms - Albumblatt (score)
Arranged for symphony orchestra
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) is well known as a master composer for piano, and this short work for piano was completely unknown until it was discovered in 2011. It was written in an album belonging to Arnold Wehner, director of music at the University of Göttingen, probably in 1853 when Brahms was visiting. The album also includes musical quotations from Schumann, Mendelssohn and Liszt, who also visited Wehner at different times. Brahms reused almost all the material in his later Horn Trio of 1865, and it has the maturity of a later Brahms work, with its autumnal qualities of regret and nostalgia. This orchestration was made in 2012 and is in keeping with Brahms’s own orchestral world, rich and darkly coloured, but not for a large symphony orchestra.
Instrumentation: 2 Oboes, 2 Clarinets in A, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns in F, Timpani, Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Violoncello, Double Bass