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    Brahms First Symphony

    While most composers turn out a first symphony at an early age, Brahms First was completed when he was in his forties, having worked on it off and on for over a decade. It is thought he was in awe of the Beethoven symphonies and held off until he could produce some thing comparable. The Beethoven comparison was inescapable though as it was dubbed Beethovens Tenth by Hans von Bülow who agreed with the critic Eduard Hanslick that the forth movement sounded like the Ode to Joy. Hanslick did go on to praise the 1st.
    When I was in high school, I had the good fortune to hear this symphony performed by the London Philharmonic when they toured the US in the 60s.

    Here is the first movement of Brahms First Symphony.

    Comments and critiques welcome.

    Bill
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    Brahms' First, especially that first movement, is perhaps one of the most brilliant pieces of symphonic composition in all of music history -- one I've studied in depth on and off for over thirty years.

    Bill, given my deep love of this work, I can pay you no higher compliment than to say that have you have more than done justice to this spectacular composition.

    Bravo, my friend!

    Bravo!

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    Re: Brahms First Symphony

    Thank you David. I appreciate you listening. Doing notation allows one to get into the nuts and bolts and I agree with you, this is one of the most original pieces of music conceived. The manner in which Brahms wove his rhythms from 6/8 has always amazed me. Thanks.
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    Quite awesome and powerful. Brilliant rendition!

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    Wow. I had just finished listening to Horner's "Krull" when I listened to your rendetion, and I must say, for the first 20 seconds or so, I had REALLY thought I was listening to a real orchestra when hearing this. How much was done with GPO?

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    A minor historical highlight:

    Quote Originally Posted by valhalx
    The Beethoven comparison was inescapable though as it was dubbed Beethoven[']s Tenth by Hans von Bülow who agreed with the critic Eduard Hanslick that the fo[u]rth movement sounded like the Ode to Joy.
    To which, incidentally, Brahms rather eructatively and quite accurately replied: "Well! Any idiot can hear that!"

    The resemblance was fully intentional, a purposeful and respectful doffing-of-the-cap by Brahms to his greatly revered predecessor, Beethoven.

    And, though I may be pelted with rotten fruit for a terrible heresy, I personally think Brahms spoke far more eloquently and inventively to this thematic material than Beethoven did with his somewhat low-brow, rowdy drinking song.

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    Re: Brahms First Symphony

    Great job! It goes without saying that the piece is extraordinary. Your setting of it shows GPO off to great advantage, not to mention your skills at sequencing (somehow that doesn't sound complimentary enough - "gee, he's a great sequencer...").

    How do you find the time to tackle such large projects? (Said enviously)

    R. Pearl

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    Quote Originally Posted by etLux
    I personally think Brahms spoke far more eloquently and inventively to this thematic material than Beethoven did with his somewhat low-brow, rowdy drinking song.
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    You have a way with words, David. I believe if look out your window you'll see a lynch mob forming. Actually, though I never thought about it till now I think you have a valid point. (I'm still going keep my Beethoven 9th CDs)
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    Re: Brahms First Symphony

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Fels
    How much was done with GPO?
    Thanks for listening. This is 100% GPO done with Overture 4.

    Bill
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    Re: Brahms First Symphony

    Thank you for the comments.
    Quote Originally Posted by rpearl
    How do you find the time to tackle such large projects? (Said enviously)
    Basically I have no life. (I jest) With the odd shift that I work, I have about 4 hours in the morning to myself. This project took exactly one month to complete.
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