WSMR Quarterly Issue Reports - Q1 2020

Evening Masterwork: Brahms Violin Concerto in D

Joseph Joachim and Clara Schumann

Brahms: Violin Concerto in D

Evening Masterwork for August 31, 2019 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9 and at

Johannes Brahms had a good friend in Joseph Joachim, the great violinist. He and Brahms were musical touring partners in the 1860’s. And according to writer Roger Dettmer, Brahms put aside the early stages of a different concerto in favor of writing this violin concerto for Joachim in the late 1870’s. The work was inspired by Beethoven’s monumental work for the same solo instrument, which is in the same key.