Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)
"Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden" from "Die schöne Magelone" - Autograph Musical Quotation
Autograph musical quotation in the hand of the great composer, who has penned the opening three measures of his lied "Sind es Schmerzen, sind es Freuden" from "Die schöne Magelone", inscribed and signed "Johannes Brahms." From the album of Bertha Von Suttner (1843-1914), winner of the 1905 Nobel Peace Prize. In fine condition. 2.25 x 3.5 inches (9.3 x 5.6 cm).
Completed in 1869, Brahms's song cycle Die Schöne Magelone is one of the most beautiful song cycles of the romantic era and among all the wealth of Lieder that Brahms composed, it is his only real song cycle. It derives from a quasi-medieval romance, in prose and verse, by Ludwig Tieck about a Provençal knight-errant called Peter and his love for the beautiful, if initially unavailable, Magelone. The 15 poems that Brahms fashioned into “romances” are taken from Ludwig Tieck’s novella The Wondrous Romance of Magelone the Fair and Peter Count of Provence (1797). The present quotation is from the third song in the cycle, Sind es Schmerzen (Are these sorrows), where we encounter Peter in love.
The first woman to be awarded the Peace Prize, Suttner wrote one of the nineteenth century's most influential books, the anti-war novel "Lay Down Your Arms" (1889). The title was provocative to many, but the anti-militaristic message caught on. In the 1870s she became a close friend of Alfred Nobel's, and they corresponded for years on the subject of peace. The Peace Prize Laureate became one of the leaders of the international peace movement, and in 1891 established the Austrian Peace Society. At the male-dominated peace congresses she stood out as a liberal and forceful leader. At the beginning of the new century she was referred to as the "generalissimo of the peace movement".