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German Requiem in Full Score Paperback – November 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Music Scores
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Paperback Edition edition (November 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486254860
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486254869
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 9.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Many composers--Mozart, Verdi, Durufle, Faure--have written settings of the requiem, the Roman Catholic mass for the dead, and the listener can find a score for every taste, from the bombastic to the reflective. In this 1865 composition, Johannes Brahms took a different tack. Instead of using the familiar texts of the Latin Mass, Brahms chose to write a German requiem with a decidedly evangelical tack. Using texts from the German translation of the Bible--beginning with a phrase from the Beatitudes and ending with the Revelation of St. John the Divine ("Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord …") Brahms created one of the most comforting works of its kind ever written. (There are few greater evocations of heavenly bliss than No. 4, the chorus sung in English as "How lovely is thy dwelling place.") You can see how he did it with this full orchestral score from Dover. Dover scores are short on bells and whistles--not to mention English translations--but if your primary interest is in the music and how it was put together, you will find this a valuable tool at a bargain price.

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The book lies flat easily.
D. Fields
This is a great piece of music and I really enjoyed getting to see it on the page as it was written out by Brahm's.
G. N. Phillips
Many consider this piece to be one of the best written in the Romantic Era.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 17, 2001
Format: Paperback
Dover does an extraordinary job in developing a quite accurate version of the German Requiem. Many consider this piece to be one of the best written in the Romantic Era. Brahms's originality and experimentation between the marriage of both the orchestra and chorus make this piece absolutely one of a kind. Strongly recommended for any listener and Dover's flawless edition is the best around if the listener wants to see the piece as Brahms visioned it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 24, 2014
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I purchased this for my Kindle Fire, and it is horrible. Each page comes up very small and you have to redo the size every time you turn the page.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Fields on October 2, 2013
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Overall quality is great. The book lies flat easily. What else is there to say? All the notes and articulations are there.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Halvor Hosar on November 13, 2009
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Dover Publications scores are the best value-for-money scores you can find out there, but the features of their scores are a bit hit and miss. This is one of the few orchestral scores they have which appears to have everything.

This particular edition is from Britkopf & Härtel's edition from 1926. I have no issues on the choice of format. It is not a condensed score, but features all present parts, even when they are silent for the entire page. For myself, I actually find this to be an advantage, as it means more space for analytical notes. One advantage this score has that many other Dover editions don't is the presence of bar numbers; very convenient in such a large scale piece!

The paper quality and printing quality is good; heavy rubber use is not a problem and there are no noteworthy blemishes in the print.

Unless someone can point out major errors in the print, this is everything the lay person, analyst, or pretty much anyone who isn't going to play an instrument in a performance could ever wish.
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