Brahms' Rhapsody Op. 79 #2
Ryan P. Huber
Dr. David McKamie, Faculty Mentor
In 1880, Johannes Brahms composed the Rhapsody in G Minor, Op. 79 No. 2. A rhapsody typically involves a narrative element and is often of heroic nature. Brahms wrote several rhapsodies for piano, and the one in G Minor is one of his most famous. This work is written in sonata-allegro form. Brahms was one of the greatest masters of sonata-allegro form in the nineteenth century. Brahms was also a great master of Romantic harmony. Op. 79 No. 2 embodies the best of Brahms' ability to balance an emotional harmonic and melodic language within the boundaries of Classical form. During my presentation, I plan to speak for approximately 9 minutes about Brahms' piano style as represented by the Rhapsody in G Minor. I will then perform the work and conclude the presentation with a brief question and answer period.
Keywords: rhapsody, narrative element, heroic nature, sonata-allegro form, romantic harmony
Presentation Type: Performance Art
Location: OP 1393, Performance Hall