Variations on an Original Theme, Op.21 No.1 (Brahms, Johannes)

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Work Title Variations on an Original Theme
Alternative. Title Variationen über ein eigenes Thema
Composer Brahms, Johannes
Opus/Catalogue NumberOp./Cat. No. Op.21 No.1
Key D major
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 12 sections (theme and 11 variations)
  • Thema. Poco larghetto, poco forte, molto espressivo e legato
  • Variation I. Molto piano e legato
  • Variation II. Più moto, espressivo
  • Variation III. Dolce
  • Variation IV. Dolce
  • Variation V. Tempo di tema, Canone in moto contrario, molto dolce, teneramente
  • Variation VI. Più moto, espressivo, legato
  • Variation VII. Andante con moto, dolce
  • Variation VIII. Allegro non troppo
  • Variation IX.
  • Variation X. Espressivo agitato
  • Variation XI. Tempo di tema, poco più lento, dolce
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1857
First Performance. 1865-10-31
Frankfurt: Clara Schumann, piano
First Publication. 1862 (March) – Bonn: N. Simrock, Plate 6203
Average DurationAvg. Duration 17 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Piano (solo)
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