Cello Sonata No. 2 (Brahms)

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Cello Sonata in F major
No. 2
by Johannes Brahms
The composer c. 1885
Native nameSonate für Klavier und Violoncello
KeyF major
CatalogueOp. 99
Composed1886 (1886)
DedicationRobert Hausmann
Published1887 (1887)

The Cello Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 99, was written by Johannes Brahms in 1886,[1] more than twenty years after completing his Sonata No. 1. It was first published in 1887.[2] It was written for, dedicated to and first performed by Robert Hausmann, who had popularised the First Sonata, and who would the following year be given the honour of premiering the Double Concerto in A minor with Joseph Joachim.

Musical description[edit]

There are four movements:

  1. Allegro vivace
  2. Adagio affettuoso in F major[2]
  3. Allegro passionato in F minor[2]
  4. Allegro molto

First movement[edit]

The Allegro vivace is a sonata form opening with a fragmented cello theme over a tremolo piano part.[3]

Second movement[edit]

Adagio affettuoso, with the cello part opening in a pizzicato exposition of the main theme over piano chords.[4] The central section is in F minor.[5]

Third movement[edit]

Allegro passionato in F minor, with a more songlike trio section in F major.

Fourth movement[edit]

Allegro molto; a rondo.


  1. ^ "About - Johannes Brahms - Cello Sonata No.2 in F, Op.99". All Music Guide. 2008. Retrieved 2013-02-26.
  2. ^ a b c IMSLP2 score.
  3. ^ Woodstra, Chris; Brennan, Gerald; Schrott, Allen (2005). All music guide to classical music: the definitive guide to classical music at Google Books, page 191. Hal Leonard Corporation. ISBN 0-87930-865-6.
  4. ^ Page 13 of 32 of IMSLP2 first score - first two bars of Adagio affettuoso.
  5. ^ All music guide; IMSLP2 score.

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