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Enhance your patrons’ experience with notes that highlight the music’s humanity and illuminate its depth. Choose from our wide selection of pre-written pieces or commission custom notes that complement your concert story.

Program Notes & Synopses

Enhance your patrons’ experience with notes that highlight the music’s humanity and illuminate its depths.

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Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1

80.00

778 words

note by Chris Myers

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Excerpt:

When the bright-eyed young man arrived uninvited on Robert Schumann’s doorstep one sunny October day with a bag full of scores, he was just hoping to hear the older composer’s opinion of his music and perhaps receive a few lessons. But by the end of the month, Schumann had taken to the pages of the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik to declare Brahms the “Chosen One” — a messianic figure who would stand on the shoulders of Beethoven and lift the musical world to new heights.