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by Solomon gives a pianoforte recital from London and Daventry this afternoon between 5.0 and 5.30.
THE great Brahms began his career as a pianist, and his first compositions were for his own instrument. It used to be said that he gave them rather a poor chance by playing them himself, and there is not much doubt that his first pianoforte Concerto suffered a good deal when he introduced it, by the impression which his own playing of it gave. He was inclined to concern himself more with the breadth and bigness of his ideas than with fineness of detail, or even accuracy in the mere notes, and it was only after other people, notably Madame Schumann , his staunch friend, had shown the world how much beauty and poetry there was in his music that it began to take its own rightful place.
This Intermezzo belongs to a later stage in his career; it is taken from the last group of works which rounded off his composing for the pianoforte, and is a splendid example of his mature style.
Studies is apt to have a rather stern and forbidding sound, and, of course, many of the thousands of pieces for pianoforte and other instruments which have that name, are intended merely to help the student to overcome one or other of the difficulties of his instrument. But there are many others which have besides a really musical or poetic idea welded into their fabric. Chopin's and Liszt's are no doubt the best known, as they are, in their own way, among the best.
They never lose sight of the particular obstacle which they are meant to help the aspirant to surmount, so that each one is evolved from a single motive which determines its character. But, so successfully does Chopin contrive to invest his studies with a real musical interest, that the listener need hardly be concerned with the educative intention at all.
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