Brahms, Johannes. (1833–1897)
Ein deutsches Requiem nach Worten der heil. Schrift für Soli, Chor und Orchester (Orgel ad libitum) . . . Op. 45. Full score
Leipzig and Winterthur,: J. Rieter-Biedermann. . First Edition.
191 pp. Lithograph; Music engraved. [PN] 592. Lacking the title page, but including the text pages and otherwise complete and in fine condition throughout. Gilt-impressed red textured paper over boards (with impressed text "Offert A A. Claussmann par A. Samie / Royat 1877"), five raised bands at spine. McCorkle p. 177. The first edition full score to Brahms's heavenly Requiem is seldom encountered, this copy from the collection of French organist, pianist and composer Aloÿs Claussmann (1850-1926).
Ein deutsches Requiem, composed between 1865 and 1868, comprises seven movements, which together last 65 to 80 minutes, making this work Brahms's longest composition. The composer himself assembled the libretto and, in contrast to the traditional Roman Catholic requiem mass, which employs a standardized text in Latin, A German Requiem derives its text from the German Luther Bible. The final, seven-movement version of A German Requiem was premiered in Leipzig on February 18, 1869 with Carl Reinecke conducting the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Chorus, and soloists Emilie Bellingrath-Wagner and Franz Krükl.