[Rome]: [F. Cuggiani], .
Octavo.  (title), 2-3 (named list of chorus members), 4-5 (named list of orchestra members), -7 (notes on Brahms), -11 ("Programma"), [i] (colophon) pp.
With "N. 50. Reggia Accademia di Santa Cecilia Anno CCCXV (1899)" Va. Stagione di Concerti Lunedi 27 Marzo 1899 ore 3 prima esecuzione in Italia" printed at head of title and with manuscript amendations to time of performance (from 3 to 4), printed number of vocalists (from 150 to 120) and printed number of orchestra members (from 80 to 65), with corresponding numbering to pages listing cast members.
Slightly worn and creased; uniformly browned.
The libretto for the first performance of Brahms's Requiem in Italy.
"In February 1865 Brahms was profoundly shaken by the death of his mother. Soon afterwards he worked on the German Requiem op.45, completing six movements by the end of the summer of 1866 (there is no definite evidence that the work was conceived in the 1850s after the death of Schumann or that the texts of these movements were assembled in 1861). After a performance of the first three movements in Vienna to mixed reactions on 1 December 1867 and the première of the six movements in Bremen to tumultuous applause on Good Friday 1868, a seventh movement, the soprano solo ‘Ihr habt nun Traurigkeit’, was added and the complete work received its première at the Leipzig Gewandhaus on 18 February 1869. The critical acclaim that it received and its progress through Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, England and even as far as Russia established Brahms as a composer of major significance ..."
" ... Large-scale works for chorus and orchestra occupy a significant niche in Brahms's output. At the head of this group – for many it stands at the centre of Brahms's entire output – is the German Requiem op.45, composed mainly between 1865 and 1867, with the fifth movement added in 1868."
"The German Requiem was the first work in which Brahms fulfilled Schumann's mandate (made in the article ‘Neue Bahnen’) to ‘direct his magic wand where the massed forces of chorus and orchestra may lend him their power’." George S. Bozarth and Walter Frisch in Grove Music Online.
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