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 Johannes Brahms

Born in May 1833 and Died in 1897. He is known for being one of the Three B’s, along with Bach and Beethoven. Being a perfectionist, Brahms’ music contains the finest musical devices and structure. Any striving pianist much learn the piano music that was written by Johannes Brahms. 

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Note: With Brahms, editors do not face many difficulties with editing Brahms’ music. Brahms was very cautious with making sure his first editions were accurate and impeccable (unlike, for example, Schubert who would have numerous errors in his first edition scores), so even the scores on IMSLP are fine. The only typo I have found in Brahms’ music comes from the older Henle edition edited by Monica Steegman.

International Music Company Complete Piano Works

The most recommended edition for Brahms’ piano music is by the International Music Company.

While this edition is quite pricey, averaging 40 dollars per volume, this edition is treated with much care. This edition was published in 1965. 

The first volume contains the three piano sonatas (Op. 1, 2, and 5), and the variations Op. 9, Op. 21, No. 1 & 2, Op. 24, and Op. 35.

The second volume contains the Op. 4 Scherzo, Op. 10 Ballades, Op. 39 Waltzes with the simplified edition, the Op. 76 piano pieces, the two famous rhapsodies of Op. 79, The Op. 116 Fantasias, the Op. 117 Intermezzi, the Op. 118 Piano Pieces, and the late Op.119 piano works.

The third volume contains the study after Chopin, Brahms/Weber Rondo Perpetuum Mobile, Brahms/Bach Presto Version one and two, Bach/Brahms Left Hand Chaconne , Theme and Variations, 10 Hungarian Dances, Brahms/ Bach Cadenza to Concerto in D minor by Bach, and Brahms/ Mozart Cadenzas.

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IMC Volume 1 

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Complete Piano Works, Volume 1 for Piano (IMC459)

Imc Volume 2

IMC Volume 3

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Complete Piano Works, Volume III for Piano (IMC461)

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Brahms Piano Sonatas

Henle Verlag Urtext

This Henle edition was published in 2010 and contains 127 pages.  Sources come from original manuscripts and early editions of the music.

Edited and fingering by Walter Georgii

This edition contains large, easy to read print, and can lay flat on any surface.

It also includes the Scherzi and Ballades by Brahms.

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Sonatas, Scherzo and Ballades

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Dover Edition

This edition is reproduced from the Vienna Gesellschaft der Musik-freunde edition.

It contains the three piano sonatas, the c major, f-sharp minor, and f minor, as well as the five set of variations. These variations are based on themes of Schumann, Handel, Paganini, a Hungarian songs, and an original theme.

This edition was published in 1971, contains 178 pages, and can be bought at a relatively low price. 

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Brahms: Complete Sonatas and Variations for Solo Piano

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Brahms Variations and fugue on a theme by Handel

Barenreiter Urtext

Edited in 2014 by Christian Köhn.

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Brahms Eight Piano Pieces Op. 76

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Henle Verlag Urtext

Published in 2011.

Edited by Katrin Eich with fingering by Andreas Boyde

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ABRSM Signature Series

Edited by Howard Ferguson. The editor markings are distinguished from the composer’s original markings. The Abrsm Brahms Op. 76 contains an introduction that informs the reader of the sources that were used for editing, as well as the pieces themselves, and performance notes to ensure a quality performance.

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Eight Piano Pieces, Op. 76 (Signature Series (ABRSM))

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Brahms Two Rhapsodies Op. 79

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ABRSM Signature Series

Edited by Howard Ferguson. The editor markings are distinguished from the composer’s original markings. The ABRSM Brahms Two Rhapsodies contain an introduction that informs the reader of the sources that were used for editing, as well as the pieces themselves, and performance notes to ensure a quality performance.

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Two Rhapsodies Op. 79 (Signature Series (ABRSM)) by Johannes Brahms (Composer), Howard Ferguson (Editor) (29-Jun-1989) Sheet music

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Henle Verlag Urtext

This edition was published in 2006. Edited by Katrin Eich
and fingering by Andreas Boyde It contains clear, solid print which enables easy reading. Includes introductory notes about the piece and the sources used for editing purposes.

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Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79

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Note: be careful of the Henle edition edited by  Monica Steegmann
with fingering by Walter Georgii. There are some typos in this score.

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In the Second System, second bar, fourth beat, there should be a bass clef written for the right hand part. However, the treble clef marking is there, which creates confusion for Measures 53-54 of the second rhapsody.

Alfred Masterwork Edition

Edited by Dr. Maurice Hinson. Editorial comments include suggestions for performance, fingerings, and pedal markings. These editor comments are differentiated from the composer’s original markings. An introductory note on the history of these pieces is also given for the Alfred Brahms Two Rhapsodies

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Brahms – Two Rhapsodies, Op. 79 for the Piano – Advanced

Dover Edition

Includes the waltzes Op. 39, Op. 76, Op. 111-119. Reproduced from the Vienna Gesellschaft der Musik-freunde edition.

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Complete Shorter Works for Solo Piano (Dover Music for Piano)

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Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano

International Music Company

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Henle Edition

Edited by Hans Otto Hiekel

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Dover Edition

Reprint of the 1916-1917 Carl Fisher Edition.

The violin part is edited by Leopold Auer.

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The Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano: With Separate Violin Part (Dover Chamber Music Scores)

Brahms Seven Fantasies Op. 116

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ABRSM Signature Series

Edited by Howard Ferguson. The editor markings are distinguished from the composer’s original markings. This edition contains an introduction that informs the reader of the sources that were used for editing, as well as the pieces themselves, and performance notes to ensure a quality performance.

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Seven Fantasies, Op. 116 (Signature Series (ABRSM))

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Henle Verlag Urtext

This edition was published in 2006. It is edited by Monica Steegman (who wrote Clara Schumann Life and Time Series), and the finger suggestions are written Walter Georgii. It contains clear, solid print which enables easy reading. Includes introductory notes about the piece and the sources used for editing purposes.

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Fantasies Op. 116, Nos. 1-7 Softcover

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Brahms Drei Intermezzi Op. 117

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Barenreiter Urtext

This edition was published in 2010. It contains 16 pages. Edited by Christian Kohn, a specialist of Brahms who is also highly regarded for his performances of Brahms’ piano music. This edition is unabridged, and does not feature fingering suggestions.

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Brahms Drei Intermezzi

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ABRSM Signature Series

Edited by Howard Ferguson. The editor markings are distinguished from the composer’s original markings. The ABRSM Brahms Op. 117 contains an introduction that informs the reader of the sources that were used for editing, as well as the pieces themselves, and performance notes to ensure a quality performance.

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Three Intermezzos, Op. 117 (Signature Series (ABRSM))

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Wiener Urtext

This editions contains 13 pages with critical commentary. It features large print, larger than the Henle Verlag Urtext, which enables easy reading.

Edited by Hans-Christian Müller, who edited the original edition. The fingering is done by by Christoph Eschenbach.

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Johannes Brahms Drei Intermezzi (3 Intermezzos) Op. 117 Wiener Urtext Edition

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Henle Verlag Urtext

This edition was published in 2007. It contains 15 pages. It is edited by Monica Steegman, and the finger suggestions are written Walter Deorgii. It contains clear, solid print which enables easy reading. Includes introductory notes about the piece and the sources used for editing purposes.

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Brahms: 3 Intermezzi op. 117 (Henle Music Folios)

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Edition Peters

This edition was published in 2005. 

Edited by Seemann and Stephenson.

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EDITION PETERS BRAHMS JOHANNES – 3 INTERMEZZI OP.117 – PIANO Partition classique Piano – instrument à clavier Piano

Brahms Six Piano Pieces Op. 118

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Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Christian Köhn.

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ABRSM Signature Series

Edited by Howard Ferguson. The editor markings are distinguished from the composer’s original markings. This edition contains an introduction that informs the reader of the sources that were used for editing, as well as the pieces themselves, and performance notes to ensure a quality performance.

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Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118 (Signature Series (ABRSM))

Henle Verlag Urtext

This edition is edited by Monica Steegman, and the finger suggestions are written Walter Deorgii. It contains clear, solid print which enables easy reading. Includes introductory notes about the piece and the sources used for editing purposes.

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Hal Leonard Piano Pieces Op. 118-Brahms

 Brahms Four Piano Pieces Op. 119

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Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Christian Kohn in 2010.

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ABRSM Signature Series

Edited by Howard Ferguson. The editor markings are distinguished from the composer’s original markings. This edition contains an introduction that informs the reader of the sources that were used for editing, as well as the pieces themselves, and performance notes to ensure a quality performance.

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Four Piano Pieces: Op. 119 (Signature Series (ABRSM))

Henle Verlag Urtext

This edition was published in 2009. It is edited by Monica Steegman, and the finger suggestions are written Walter Georgii. It contains clear, solid print which enables easy reading. Includes introductory notes about the piece and the sources used for editing purposes.

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Brahms: Piano Pieces op. 119,1-4 (Henle Music Folios)

Brahms Clarinet Sonatas Op. 120

Barenreiter Urtext

Edited by Clive Brown and Neal Peres Da Costa.

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Sonatas in F minor and E-flat major for Clarinet and Piano op. 120. Performance score(s), Part(s), Urtext edition. 2016

Wiener Urtext

Includes an arrangement for viola.

Edited by Christian Müller. Jost Michaels did the arrangement for the clarinet and piano parts. Emil Seiler did the arrangement for the viola.

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Henle Verlag Urtext

The Henle Brahms Op. 120 is edited by Egon Voss and Johannes Behr with fingering by Klaus Schilde

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Sonatas For Piano And Clarinet (Or Viola) Opus 120 Nos.1 & 2(Version For Viola)

Edition Peters

The Edition Peters Brahms Op. 120 is edited by Badlings.

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Johannes Brahms: Sonata For Clarinet And Piano In F Minor Op.120 No.1. Partitions pour Clarinette, Accompagnement Piano

Piano Concerto

International Music Company

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Henle Urtext

Editors are Johannes Behr, Johannes Umbreit, and Lars Vogt.

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Schirmer

Edited by Edwin Hughes

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Variations on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 35

International Music Company

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Henle Urtext

Edited by Hans Kann.

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Wiener Urtext

Fingering by Peter Roggenkamp (his fingering suggestions are good too!). Contains the composer’s fingering suggestions as well

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