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Johannes Brahms: Hungarian Dances (four hands)

In 1850, Brahms met the Hungarian violinist Remenyi, who introduced him to the music of the Hungarian gypsies. This proved a most fruitful introduction, the most popular result of which were the Hungarian Dances, composed originally for piano duet.
The works were to win immediate popularity. Brahms himself arranged the first ten dances for solo piano and orchestrated Nos. 1, 3 and 10  – Dvo?ák, to whom Brahms had given early encouragement, orchestrated the last five.
The dances make use of gypsy melodies, although there are three completely original compositions by Brahms, Nos. 11, 14 and 16. It seems that Wagner had the Hungarian Dances partly in his mind when he wrote with his usual acerbity "I know famous composers that you can meet at concert masquerades, one day in the guise of a ballad singer, the next in Handel´s Hallelujah wig, another time as a Jewish csardas player, and then again as genuine symphonists dressed up as number ten".


Sheet Music Downloads:

TitleASTKey Published Type Level
Hungarian Dance No. 1G Minor 1869 Four hands 8
Hungarian Dance No. 2D Minor 1869 Four hands 8+
Hungarian Dance No. 3F Major 1869 Four hands 8
Hungarian Dance No. 4F Minor 1869 Four hands 8
Hungarian Dance No. 5F-sharp Minor 1869 Four hands 8
Hungarian Dance No. 6D-flat Major 1869 Four hands 8
Hungarian Dance No. 7A Major 1869 Four hands 7
Hungarian Dance No. 8A Minor 1869 Four hands 8
Hungarian Dance No. 9E Minor 1869 Four hands 7
Hungarian Dance No. 10E Major 1869 Four hands 8+
Hungarian Dance No. 11D Minor 1880 Four hands 8
Hungarian Dance No. 12D Minor 1880 Four hands 8+
Hungarian Dance No. 13D Major 1880 Four hands 8
Hungarian Dance No. 14D Minor 1880 Four hands 8+
Hungarian Dance No. 15B-flat Major 1880 Four hands 8+
Hungarian Dance No. 16F Minor 1880 Four hands 7
Hungarian Dance No. 17F-sharp Minor 1880 Four hands 8
Hungarian Dance No. 18D Major 1880 Four hands 8
Hungarian Dance No. 19B Minor 1880 Four hands 8+
Hungarian Dance No. 20E Minor 1880 Four hands 8
Hungarian Dance No. 21E Minor 1880 Four hands 8+



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