Johannes Brahms
Three Intermezzi
Op. 117

About Johannes Brahms's Three Intermezzi

The three Intermezzi Op. 117 are probably the most well-known and best-loved of Brahms’s late piano pieces.
The composer described these pieces, all three of which are marked Andante, “lullabies to my sorrows”.

The Intermezzi were inspired by a Scottish poem from Herder´s Volkslieder, Lady Anne Bothwell’s Lament, and bear this inscription:
Schlaf sanft mein Kind, schlaf sanft und Schön!/Mich dauert´s sehr, dich weinen sehn.
(Sleep softly my child, sleep softly and well!/It hurts my heart to see you weeping.)

Preview TitleKey Year Level
1. Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 1  in E-flat Major by Brahms piano sheet music AAB 1. Intermezzo 11 E-flat Major 1892 8
2. Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 2  in B-flat Minor by Brahms piano sheet music AAC 2. Intermezzo 34 B-flat Minor 1892 8
3. Intermezzo Op. 117 No. 3  in C-sharp Minor by Brahms piano sheet music AAD 3. Intermezzo 5 C-sharp Minor 1892 8

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