Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.10


Johannes Brahms completed his 21 Hungarian Dances by 1879, and they still remain one his most popular collections of music. All of the dances are based on traditional Hungarian folk tunes and range from c.1 minute to 6 minutes in duration. Some of the dances have become much more recognisable than others, but as a set they are a force to be reckoned with. During this 21-part ‘Explore Hungarian Dances’ on Classicalexburns, we will be delving into the ins and outs of this famous collection.


The Music

Finishing off the second published book, the Tenth Hungarian Dance is set in F major. The explosive opening sees the strings run with the melody whilst the upper woodwind decorates the melody with trills and accentuations on the melody. Quick in tempo and light in style, this dance is a real driving force within the set of dances. As the music slows down into a heavy dance, one can aptly see Brahms’ exploration of folk music. The music begins to speed up once more as it heads into the final stretch of the music. The orchestra unite for the final brash chords to resolve back into the home key of F major. 


Ⓒ Alex Burns

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