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College of Creative Arts
Johannes Brahms has long been viewed as a central figure in the Classical tradition during a period when the standards of this tradition were being altered and abandoned. His resistance to innovation creates some difficulty when trying to pinpoint his "late style", and how he fits into the late style concept. While existing scholarship on Brahms's late style tends to focus on his chamber works, this document focuses on his late Lieder. This document proves a study of Brahms's literary considerations, a comparison of his early and late songs, and a comparison between Brahms and some of his contemporaries. In the end, this study sheds light on when Brahms's late period begins, the characteristics of his late style, the contextual factors that contribute to its development, and how Brahms fits (or does not fi) into the established notions of the concept of the late style in music.
Crutcher, Natilan Casey-Ann, "Defining the Late Style of Johannes Brahms: A Study of the Late Songs" (2019). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 3886.