Johannes Brahms
in D Minor, Op. 39 No. 16

This short piece ends Brahms' collection of waltzes on a quiet, melancholic note.

ID: 2307
Key: D Minor
Year: 1867
Level: 4
Period: Early Romantic
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A Tender Duet

This final waltz ends the 16 Waltzes Op. 39 on a quiet, melancholic note. A distinct feature is the two melodic lines which gently embrace in tender counterpoint and explore different registers of the piano throughout the piece. Like most of its siblings, this waltz is a very short work, lasting only around a minute, and in binary form; the repeat of the first part appears as a variation, while the second part is repeated verbatim, with no return of the opening theme.


The 16 Waltzes Op. 39 were composed in 1865 and published in 1866 in three different versions – one for four hands, and two for piano solo, with one difficult and one simplified version. The waltzes proved popular and sold well, contrary to Brahms’ expectations, with Waltz No. 15 in particular becoming a famous and recognizable staple of the piano repertoire.

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Classical piano sheet music by Brahms to download: Waltz Op. 39 No. 16 in the key of This piece has difficulty level 4 in the category Four hands
Waltz Op. 39 No. 16 in D Minor, a composition by the early romantic composer Johannes Brahms who was born in 1833 and died in 1897. The piano score of this piece was first published in 1867 and is part of Brahms's Waltzes (four hands).