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Brahms Chorales

by Nada

"Brahms: Chorales" includes all 11 of the composer's chorales. They are performed by Pianist Nada. Originally composed for organ, Pianist Nada has transcribed them for piano without disturbing the composer's original intent.
Genre: Classical: Brahms
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1. 11 Chorales, Op. 122: No. 1. Mein Jesu, der Du Mich
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2. 11 Chorales, Op. 122: No. 2. Schmücke Dich, O Liebe Seele
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3. 11 Chorales, Op. 122: No. 3. Herzliebster Jesu
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4. 11 Chorales, Op. 122: No. 4. O Wie Selig Seid Ihr Doch, Ihr Frommen
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5. 11 Chorales, Op. 122: No. 5. O Gott, Du Frommer Gott
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6. 11 Chorales, Op. 122: No. 6. O Welt, Ich Muss Dich Lassen
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7. 11 Chorales, Op. 122: No. 7. Herzlich Tut Mich Erfreuen
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8. 11 Chorales, Op. 122: No. 8. Es ist ein Ros' Entsprungen
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9. 11 Chorales, Op. 122: No. 9. Herzlich Tut Mich Verlangen
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10. 11 Chorales, Op. 122: No. 10. Herzlich Tut Mich Verlangen
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11. 11 Chorales, Op. 122: No. 11. O Welt, Ich Muss Dich Lassen
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Album Notes
The 11 Brahms chorales for organ in this digital album is the first time all 11 have been transcribed for piano. In an interview Pianist Nada answered several questions about the process

1. What prompted you to transcribe the Brahms chorales for organ to piano in the first place? "I am a frustrated organist. I have always loved the organ and even attempted playing it at a certain point. When I learned Brahms had written for the organ and had the same reaction as I, I promptly looked over his works and ordered the music. Brahms also, very early on, turned his attention to the organ, and dreamed of becoming a virtuoso organist. He wrote some magnificent pieces. The chorales were his last work and it is quite revealing that he turned back to a form of music so reserved and meditative at the end of his life, as well as to the organ as its vehicle."

2. Weren't you concerned that in doing so the original nature of the pieces would change? "The only thing which is different about the music is the sound. You’re hearing a piano rather than an organ."

3. What was the greatest difficulty (challenge) in doing the re-orchestration? "The greatest challenge was to give a dimension to each piece (especially while lacking a pedal keyboard ), as well as making the notes of the chorale as clear as possible in the texture of the music."

4. Or, was it easy? "Certain chorales did not require much change. Three are written for the keyboard only (no pedal). Overall, it is just an adaptation. The fingering is probably the trickiest of all, since as a pianist I found ways to adjust as much as possible to an organist’s approach to fingering."

5. How long did it take you? "Each chorale took a different amount of time. Overall, since there is no change to the original text as all, just an adaptation to the piano, it took me just a few days."

6. Do you think Brahms would have approved? "I am sure Brahms sat at the piano himself to conceive those chorales and imagined the sound to be an organ."

7. What is the context of the chorales? Were they meant to be played in a church? "The chorales are meant to be a prayer to the “after life.” Some of those may well have been written when he was already suffering from the early stages of his own terminal disease."

8. Do you consider these 11 chorales to be part of Brahms solo piano catalogue? "Definitely not. These are organ pieces. They are part of the organ repertoire. I adapted them to the piano, but it is just in the tradition of pianists who have been attracted to organ repertoire and attempted transcriptions of Bach for example, who composed 371 chorales. Again, these are not arrangements. I did not want to alter Brahms ’ language in any way."

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