Variations on a Theme of Haydn

Johannes Brahms

Variations on a Theme of Haydn in Bb major

Op. 56a • “St Anthony Variations”

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In Brahms' earliest sets of variations, especially those of Op. 9, the melody is of primary importance. His later studies of Beethoven, however, led to a new variation approach, in which he adhered instead to a theme's basic phrase structure and harmonic pattern. As with the Händel Variations, Op. 24, the eight Variati... read more