Elegy for Brahms

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The Elegy for Brahms is a short symphonic movement for orchestra, written by Hubert Parry in 1897. It was written shortly after the death of Johannes Brahms, whom Parry considered the greatest artist of the time.[1]

The Elegy is in the key of A minor, and is marked Maestoso espressivo - Largamente - Tempo primo. The work quotes Brahms's music in several places.[2]

The work was not performed in Parry's lifetime. Following his own death in October 1918, it was performed at a memorial concert for him at the Royal College of Music on 8 November 1918, conducted by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, who had slightly revised the work.[3]

It did not receive its second performance until 1977.[2]

It has received recordings conducted by Sir Adrian Boult and Matthias Bamert.

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