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Brahms: Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 in A Major

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Johannes Brahms - Six Pieces :
Intermezzo, Op. 118 No. 2
Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2  in A Major by Brahms piano sheet music
Key: A Major Year: 1893
Level: 8+ Period: Early Romantic
piano sheet music Piano score: PS Urtext (101 kB)
piano sheet music Piano score: Scanned score (847 kB)
piano music mp3 recording Intermezzo Op. 118 No. 2 - FREE SAMPLE (mp3 file)

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xx Brahms - Intermezzo Op.118 No.2
March 03, 2012, 07:22:07 PM by liszt85

I'm still working on it, had done the first half some time ago and did the second half this past couple of weeks. Had one lesson on it. So I'm still working on smoothing it out but here's what I have right now. Would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

xx Brahms and Khachaturian
April 18, 2011, 05:44:16 PM by poiu

Here I'm after a (long) while

Two new tracks that I've recorded in March...
Slowly I'll put more on Youtube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SqRzYD5Ssw Brahms op.118 n.2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQcJOmm-p74&feature=related Khachaturian Toccata


Mauro Bertoli

xx Brahms- Intermezzo #2 Op.118
April 07, 2011, 04:37:05 PM by fbt

Thank you for listening. Feel free to comment.

xx Brahms Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2-- Fingering
February 23, 2011, 12:23:02 AM by jcmusic


Just started this piece.  As always, having fingering problems.  The public domain version I have has no fingering suggestions.  I also got I think the Dover edition from the library, but no fingerings.  Any suggestions for editions with suggested fingerings?

Here's some specific problem measures:

Starting 9 measures after the repeat barline where it goes into f# minor, I can't figure out a smooth fingering for the LH triplet 8ths.  I'm trying to avoid big skips with the 5th finger wherever possible.  Also some problems with reaching under finger 2 with the thumb--- I thought the last 3 8ths of bar 13 after the repeat barline might be 1-2-1, which sets up the 5th finger to play the low D.  Not sure if this is a good idea because of all the rotation of the LH.

Also can't figure out a good fingering for the last 3 triplet 8th notes of 14 after the repeat barline.

Also at measures 16 and 17 after the repeat barline, can't figure out if that last 8th note e# is supposed to be played with the RH, and if so which finger.  Seems like the quarter notes on beats 1 and 2 of bar 17 should be played with the RH, because the chord is so awkward in my hand if played entirely with the LH.

Thanks for any thoughts at all!


xx Brahms, Intermezzo op. 118-2
June 23, 2010, 10:59:13 AM by lluiscl

Hi everyone. First time here, with this marvellous piece. Recorded with zoom H2 in a Pleyel/Schimmel 174 grand, 30 years old, tuned and adjusted by myself...
All comments are welcome!!

xx brahms intermezzo in A, op118 no.2
August 31, 2009, 02:09:23 PM by jehangircama

today's rec. of my playing this intermezzo.
was having a bit of trouble with the softer notes, as the keys are a bit weak due to lots of rain yesterday. so i think i missed a couple. otherwise what do you'll think?

xx Brahms - Intermezzo op. 118 nr. 2
August 02, 2007, 10:03:45 AM by henry_v

An encore after a recent recital.

December 06, 2006, 12:54:40 PM by bach_ko

hi~ i'm looking for the information of "intermezzo op119 no2 in major A" by brahms, is anyone of u out there know about it? i couldn't find the story about it... if u guys know it pleas tell me! urgent! thanks Grin Grin

xx Re: help me find a good romantic, "erotic" sounding piece to play
September 29, 2006, 09:24:42 PM by dnephi

Grieg miniature Erotik, I believe.

Umm, there's gymnopedia I by satie as well. 

For real romance, there's Brahms Op. 118 No. 2

xx Brahms Op. 118/2
September 01, 2006, 09:50:08 AM by leggiero

Hi everyone,

Oops never mind!  Roll Eyes

question Intermezzo Op. 118/2 - Roman-numeral analysis
November 14, 2005, 08:14:20 PM by allchopin

As the title suggests, I am looking to do a Roman-numeral analysis on Brahms' well-known intermezzo and I could use some advice.  First of all, would anyone be willing to go through the piece (sans the refrain around m. 76) together and discuss an appropriate analysis?  Second, are there any helpful websites dealing with a strictly Roman-numeral anlysis this specific piece (including figured bass, modulations, suspensions, etc.)?  Thanks for any help. 

First technical question: is the first measure (excluding anacrusis) a constant IV64 or IV - I with pedal point bass A?

xx Brahms - Intermezzo Op. 118/2
September 24, 2005, 03:48:26 AM by quantum

Recorded today. 

Piano was just tuned, and the hammers reshaped a bit.  The scale is now more even between the bichord / trichord break.  The tone changed a bit as a result, much more rounded.  The una-corda doesn't have as pronounced effect as before, I'm guessing as there is less a difference between the compacted areas of felt on the hammers.

I was trying to get some more variation in timbre within the phrasing, but not as much came out as I wanted it to.  Maybe it's just this new voicing on the piano?

Brahms - Intermezzo Op.118/2
Mic: (2x) Studio Projects B1
Interface: Edirol UA-25
Piano: Yamaha C3


xx Intermezzo Op 118 No 2
September 15, 2005, 09:04:09 AM by meli

Hi Guys. Has anyone studied this piece? I am really struggling with the expression in it! I have heard several recordings of it, and it sounds so beautiful. I try to phrase it nicely and play it slowly (with rubato?) but it just doesn't sound right (more like a MIDI recording). I would appreciate any tips on how to master this piece? I am having a much fun and easier time with my other pieces, but this one is taking forever to get perfect  Embarrassed

xx Brahms Intermezzo op.118 No.2 in AM
August 12, 2005, 01:57:51 AM by winterwind_23

Recorded this today. It took lots of cutting and pasting, and re-recording to get to a listenable recording, since I always mess up when I play. It's not pefect, but please listen and critique.


Thanks a lot for listening!

xx brahms
August 08, 2005, 05:08:54 PM by rubix

I am playing Intermezzo Op. 188, No. 2, by Brahms, and was wondering if rubato is expected or acceptable in this piece. It seems to me to flow much better rubato is used.

xx I recorded Intermezzo op 118, no 2
October 23, 2004, 02:26:50 AM by Mykinator

Hi guys,

I have a recital coming up in a little over a week.  So I decided to record my piece. The sound quality isn't very good, and I made some mistakes, please pardon as I just wanted to throw together a quick recording and get some opinions on it.  Any constructive feedback would be mucho appreciated.

Thanks so much.

Here's the file, Brahms Intermezzo op 118 no 2: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~pshao/piano/intermezzo118-2.mp3

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