Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dance No.21


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

Ending the set in a spritely E minor tonality, the quick finale dance is full of buzz and energy. Led by the violins who speed off with an exciting theme, the lower brass and woodwind add to the pulsating accompaniment. Brahms’ use of sparkling percussion adds to the magic of the movement as the tempo becomes increasingly more frantic. The dance ends with a huge orchestral flourish that ends the suite with oodles of style.



Ⓒ Alex Burns

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