The two sets of variations that make up Brahms’ Op.21 are perhaps less well known and less widely played than his Handel Variations. Nonetheless, these two sets, along with his Variations on a Theme by Robert Schumann, Op.9 are extremely complex and touching works that represent an earlier era in Brahms’ life and therefore point directly towards the introspective depth of his later works.
The Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118, are some of the most beloved compositions that Johannes Brahms wrote for solo piano. Completed in 1893, and dedicated to Clara Schumann, the collection was the penultimate composition to be published during Brahms’ lifetime. It was also his penultimate work composed for piano solo.
The Four Pieces for Piano, Op. 119, are four character pieces for piano composed by Johannes Brahms in 1893. The collection is the last composition for solo piano by Brahms. Together with the six pieces from Op. 118, Op. 119 was premiered in London in January 1894.