The Brahms Violin Concerto in D major

Johannes Brahms

The Composition

Johannes Brahms (German, 1833-1897) composed his violin concerto in D major, Op. 77, in 1878. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms' works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers.


Janine Jansen

Hillary Hahn

Joshua Bell

The Beethoven violin concerto and the Brahms violin concerto share some striking similarities. For instance, Brahms has the violin enter with the timpani after the orchestra introduction. This is a clear homage to Beethoven, whose violin concerto makes unusual use of the timpani.

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