Johannes Brahms
Six Pieces
Op. 118

About Johannes Brahms's Six Pieces

Of Brahms’s late collections of piano music, this is perhaps the one arranged most efficiently to work as a set.
Indeed, the introductory character and ambiguous harmony of the first piece makes it almost impossible to play on its own.
The second piece is one of Brahms’s most beloved creations, a deeply lyrical and moving nocturne.
As with all Brahms’s piano pieces from the 1890s, these masterful miniatures are full of the motivic density and complexity so typical of his later style.
The pieces were sent as a gift to Clara Schumann immediately upon their completion. Brahms biographer Jan Swafford has surmised:
“he may have composed the pieces to try and keep Clara Schumann going in body and soul. Since she could only play a few minutes at a time now, and because she loved these miniatures so deeply, maybe they did keep her alive.”

Preview TitleKey Year Level
1. Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 1  in A Minor by Brahms piano sheet music AAB 1. Intermezzo 30 A Minor 1893 8+
2. Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2  in A Major by Brahms piano sheet music AAC 2. Intermezzo 29 A Major 1893 8+
3. Ballade Op. 118 No. 3  in G Minor by Brahms piano sheet music AAD 3. Ballade 24 G Minor 1893 8+
4. Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 4  in F Minor by Brahms piano sheet music AAE 4. Intermezzo 18 F Minor 1893 8+
5. Romance Op. 118 No. 5  in F Major by Brahms piano sheet music AAF 5. Romance 17 F Major 1893 8+
6. Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 6  in E-flat Minor by Brahms piano sheet music AAG 6. Intermezzo 12 E-flat Minor 1893 8+

Forum posts about the Six Pieces by Johannes Brahms

What should i learn next? by hxzerrr
Hi everybody! I’m new to this forum. I’m a quite advanced piano studend. I need to start a new repertoire for this summer, any suggestio...

Brahms – Intermezzo in E flat minor (Opus 118 no. 6) by rosejaune177
I recently learnt the well-known Intermezzo in A major (Op. 118 no. 2). I'm now considering no. 6. It doesn't seem to be as widely...

Schumann or Brahms? by kos91
Good evening, I have to choose a work for an exam (bachelor degree). Since Schumann's works (which I like very much) are quite huge ov...

Brahms opus 118 Intermezzo in A: small hands big chord! by divonnais
I am learning this beautiful piece. I have a problem with the chord in bars 34, 36 and repeated later as I cannot make the tenth in the LH. ...

Can I play just a couple pieces in a series? by tjinaz
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