Summary Of Brahms Symphony No. 4

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Brahms wrote Symphony No. 4 in E Minor in 1884. The work was first performed in Meiningen, Germany in October 1885 and was an instant success because of its masterful composition and unique style. Brahms’s music and his fourth symphony are often viewed as a bridge between the music of the baroque and romantic era. Although Brahms is considered to be a romantic composer, his music is unique from others because you can hear both the style of older-era composers and features of romantic style in the texture of his works. This combination of baroque and romantic style in his music helps create more balance in the music, which gives it a blend that captured audiences and still entrances them today. Brahms was also inspired by study of Beethoven’s symphonies for their orchestral color and harmonic structure; Brahms incorporates these features he enjoyed into his writing. The fourth movement of Brahms’ symphony No. 4 is titled Allegro energico e passianato and is known for its use of the Baroque style of Chaconne and other features that are found in the Romantic style as well. Some of these include chromaticism, a melody that jumps between major and minor keys but does not settle into a single mode, and extended techniques to creature a richness and a wide pallet of sounds.
Brahms was a scholar and had a strong interest in Baroque music. His fourth movement makes use of the Chaconne style. It is a series of repeated variations and chord progressions, a form of ostinato or bass
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