Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.15
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.
Set in Bb major, the 15th dance starts quietly and grows into a quick theme. Once again the woodwind take the lead with the recognisable theme. The string accompaniment is quick, precise and supportive when the voices unite. The central climax is led by the strings, with the woodwind decorating accordingly, creating a huge wave of sound. The dynamic dramatically drops back down and the opening woodwind theme returns. This peppy dance concludes quietly, with fragments of the opening theme being performed one last time, before a loud orchestral flourish.
Ⓒ Alex Burns
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