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Chapter 19 - Singers

from Part III - Performance and Publishing

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 May 2019

Natasha Loges
Affiliation:
Royal College of Music, London
Katy Hamilton
Affiliation:
Royal College of Music, London
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Throughout his lifetime, Brahms accompanied dozens of singers in a variety of settings, ranging from huge public halls to his friends’ homes, and conducted many others in choirs. Some of those working relationships were one-offs, arising from the widespread practice of including a set of piano-accompanied songs within most concerts and the expediency and cost-effectiveness of using local talent. Others were deep, enduring partnerships; the timbres and interpretative approaches of those singers are surely ingrained in his vocal music. Overall, Brahms’s singers were generally not part of the international operatic elite associated with Verdi, Bizet and Massenet. Figures like Julius Stockhausen (1826–1906) and Raimund von Zur-Mühlen (1854–1931) were almost exclusively concert singers and, later on, teachers. Most hailed from German-speaking territories, reflecting Brahms’s own concert career.

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Brahms in Context , pp. 187 - 195
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2019

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  • Singers
  • Edited by Natasha Loges, Royal College of Music, London, Katy Hamilton, Royal College of Music, London
  • Book: Brahms in Context
  • Online publication: 15 May 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316681374.019
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  • Edited by Natasha Loges, Royal College of Music, London, Katy Hamilton, Royal College of Music, London
  • Book: Brahms in Context
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  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316681374.019
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  • Singers
  • Edited by Natasha Loges, Royal College of Music, London, Katy Hamilton, Royal College of Music, London
  • Book: Brahms in Context
  • Online publication: 15 May 2019
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316681374.019
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