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Brahms to Clara Schumann 24 April 1865

June 10, 2010

Brahms to Clara
Vienna, Monday, April 24

It is all very annoying that you should actually be in England now and that the beautiful spring weather should see nothing of you, and that I should be preparing all sorts of pieces of music to plague you with to no purpose… If it is not already too late, let me beg you not to show the choral piece to Joachim.  In any case it is probably the weakest part in the said “Deutsches Requiem”.  But as it may have vanished into thin air before you come to Baden, just have a look at the beautiful words with which it begins.  It is a chorus in F major without violins but accompanied by a harp and other beautiful things… I compiled the text from passages in the Bible;  the chorus I sent you is number four.  The second is in C minor and is in march time.  I hope that a German text of this sort will please you as much as the usual Latin one.  I am hoping to produce a sort of whole out of the thing and trust I shall retain enough courage and zest to carry it through…. I shall write to you from Carlsruhe or Baden soon.  I shall first of all saunter about Carlsruhe for a bit, then look for a place in Lichtenthal where I shall await you.  Affectionately yours, Johannes.

Litzmann, Berthold, Ed., Letters of Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms 1853-1896, Vol. I, Edward Arnold & Co. 1927

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