Brahms - Cello Sonata No.1 in E minor, Op. 38

The Cello Sonata No. 1 in E minor, Op. 38, actually entitled "Sonate für Klavier und Violoncello", was written by Johannes Brahms in 1862-65 It is "a homage to J. S. Bach" and the principal theme of the first movement and of the fugue are based on Contrapunctus 4 and 13 of The Art of Fugue. Brahms performed the sonata in Mannheim in July 1865 and then offered it to Breitkopf & Härtel, who turned it down. He had however also sent the sonata to Simrock describing it, in one of the most mendacious statements made by a major composer about his own work, as "a violoncello sonata which, as far as both instruments are concerned, is certainly not difficult to play", and they published it in 1866.WIKIPEDIA VIDEO: Live concert at Field Concert Hall of Curtis Institute of Music Feb. 4. 2013 Timotheos-Stanislav Petrin, cello Elena Jivaeva, piano

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