[Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)]

Announcement of Brahms' Death

A printed black-bordered document announcing the death of Johannes Brahms on April 3, 1897. Published by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, of which Brahms was the honorary president, the document gives notice of his funeral, to be held on April 6, 1897. 

Dated Vienna, April 4, 1897. 1 page. Oblong quarto, 11.5 x 9 inches (29 x 23 cm). The document also provides details on Brahms's funeral, to be held on Tuesday April 6th at 2:30 p.m., commencing at the funeral home and proceeding to the Evangelical Church; the body will then be taken to the Central (City) Cemetery for interment. Some light edge wear and wrinkling, else fine. 

Scarce. "The successor to Beethoven and Schubert in the larger forms of chamber and orchestral music, to Schubert and Schumann in the miniature forms of piano pieces and songs, and to the Renaissance and Baroque polyphonists in choral music, Brahms creatively synthesized the practices of three centuries with folk and dance idioms and with the language of mid- and late 19th-century art music. His works of controlled passion, deemed reactionary and epigonal by some, progressive by others, became well accepted in his lifetime...""...Because Brahms did not leave a valid will, a lengthy legal dispute over his estate ensued. Private correspondents were allowed to reclaim their letters; the remaining letters to Brahms, most of his books and music, and all the important manuscripts were acquired by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, as was his wish." (George S. Bozarth, Grove Online) (15754)

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