Brahms, Johannes. (1833-1897)
Serenade für kleines Orchester... Op. 16 - FROM THE COLLECTION OF EDWARD SPEYER
Berlin: N. Simrock. . First Edition.
Serenade für kleines Orchester (Blasinstrumente, Bratschen, Violoncelli u. Bässe) ... Neue, vom Autor revidirte Ausgabe. Partitur. [Full score.] [PN] 6129. Folio. 1f. (title), 3–65 printed music pp. Engraved. Hardcover, black boards with gilt lettering, with ownership name of Speyer to the lower right corner of the front board and pencil ownership signature of Speyer to the title page. Some light foxing throughout; a few light marks and wear to boards; overall fine. 10.5 x 13 inches (26.8 x 33 cm).
Hofmann p. 36.
German-born banker Edward Speyer (1839–1934) was the husband of soprano Antonia Kufferath, one of Brahms' favorite singers and the first to perform several songs by Schumann and Brahms. A music collector and patron of music in London, he was also a friend of Brahms, Clara Schumann and Edward Elgar. His memoirs My Life & Friends (1937) recall many of these celebrated figures.
"[T]he Second Serenade op.16 in A was conceived for a ‘small’ orchestra, distinctive (like the first movement of the German Requiem) in having no violins, a scoring that gives prominent melodic roles to the wind instruments and violas. The Second Serenade has five movements, including two inner dance movements, a scherzo and a minuet. The darkly hued slow movement is noteworthy for its rich counterpoint, expansive ternary form and harmonic adventurousness." (Grove Online.)