Piano Quartet No. 2 (Brahms)

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The Piano Quartet in A major, Op. 26 by Johannes Brahms is a musical composition scored for piano, violin, viola and cello. It was completed in 1861[1] and received its premiere in November 1863 by the Hellmesberger Quartet with the composer playing the piano part.[2] It has been especially noted for drawing influence from composer Franz Schubert.[3][1] Lasting approximately 50 minutes, this quartet is the longest of Brahms's chamber works to perform.

Musical description[edit]

The quartet is in four movements:

  1. Allegro non troppo (A major)
  2. Poco Adagio (E major)
  3. Scherzo: Poco Allegro (A major , trio in D minor)
  4. Finale: Allegro (A major)

First movement[edit]

The first movement is in sonata form.

Second movement[edit]

The second movement is in rondo form.

Third movement[edit]

The third movement is a scherzo and trio in compound ternary form, where both the scherzo and the trio are in sonata form.

Fourth movement[edit]

The fourth movement is in sonata form with foreshortened recapitulation.


  1. ^ a b "Johannes Brahms – Piano Quartet No.2 in A, Op.26". Classical Archives. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  2. ^ "Brahms: Piano Quartets –CD – CDA67471/2 – Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)". Hyperion Records. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  3. ^ LA Phil (2012-05-14). "Piano Quartet No. 2 in A major, Op. 26". LA Phil. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 

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