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Ballade (Edward) Opus 10, No 1
  • Ballade (Edward) Opus 10, No 1

    SKU: BBBE120107

    The Ballades, Op. 10 are lyrical piano pieces written by Johannes Brahms in 1854 and dedicated to his friend Julius Otto Grimm. Frédéric Chopin had written the last of his famous ballades only 12 years earlier, but Brahms approached the genre differently from Chopin, choosing to take its origin in narrative poetry more literally.


    The first ballade was inspired by a Scottish poem “Edward” found in a collection Stimmen der Völker in ihren Liedern compiled by Johann Gottfried Herder. It is also one of the best examples of Brahms’s bardic or Ossianic style; its open fifths, octaves, and simple triadic harmonies are supposed to evoke the sense of a mythological past.

    • Composer

      Johannes Brahms

    • Instrumentation

      423.11 - Trumpet in E flat, Trumpet in B flat, 2 Flugelhorns, 2 Horns, 2 Tenor Trombones, Bass Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Timpani

    • Duration

      4' 00"

    • Difficulty

      Grade 4 - advanced college/university ensemble

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