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by Phyllis Simons
Even those people who deny that Brahms deserves to be placed alongside Beethoven as a symphonist all agree that he was unsurpassed as a miniaturist ; as a composer of songs and short piano pieces. The two pieces to be heard this morning will give listeners a good idea of Brahms's great genius in this direction. The dainty, light, and fanciful Capriccio in B minor is a particularly attractive example.
Beethoven's Thirty-two Variations were written in 1806 and therefore represent the composer in full command of his creative gifts. The key scheme of these Variations is interesting: Variations 1-12 are in C minor, 13-17 in C major, and 18-32 in C minor. F. Bonavia, in an article on this work in the RADIO
TIMES, points out that Beethoven ' in the Thirty-two Variations recalls Bach on account of the material and spiritual unity of a work that resembles a chaconne in every particular. There is no change of rhythm and the only change in tonality is given by the passage from minor into major '.


Phyllis Simons

Regional Programme London

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