Brahms & The Search for a Symphony

Sunday, June 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Brooklyn Museum, Cantor Auditorium
200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Brahms & The Search for a Symphony

The Serenade No.1 in D  might have been Brahms’ first symphony. But there are reasons he was reluctant to commit to that lofty genre in this ambitious early work.  The spectre of master symphonist Beethoven loomed, as did that of the recently deceased Schumann, whose praise Brahms feared he couldn’t live up to. “Serenade” won out over “symphony,” but depth and charm abound nonetheless: the rustic pastoral opening giving way to Brahmsian pathos and sweetness; the spacious adagio, relishing in the low strings and reeds; a Mozartean minuetto; and a bounding rondo, seemingly headed for the hills. The original nonet version was destroyed when Brahms adapted it into a symphonic version—restored here by Alan Boustead.

BEETHOVEN (arr.) Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 36, arranged by Andy Stein
BRAHMS (arr.) Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11
-reconstructed by Alan Boustead

St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble

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Cost: $32-$40