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Posted by Martin Walker on July 16, 2013, 11:02 am
I find it prima facie somewhat odd that in this review Mr. Ledionov should say "Brahms restored the glory of the variation form, which was deemed practically antique by his time."- Brahms more or less directly accepted the baton from his revered master Schumann, who had written variations from the beginning to the end of his career, the last being the disquieting Geistervariationen, the theme of which Brahms varied in his own Op.23, having already varied a theme by Schumann in Op.9. Meanwhile Liszt (first published composition a variation of the famous Diabelli theme) and others were writing very popular variations based on opera tunes and such, including of course the famous collaborative Hexaméron in 1837. Then there was Raff's Op. 6, 1843, and one might also mention Czerny, Moscheles, Mendelssohn, Chopin. - Perhaps your reviewer is referring more to an aesthetic attitude held by some progressive composers of the time? I would be curious to find out.
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