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Brahms struggled for years with composition of his First Symphony – the feeling of impotence in the face of Beethoven's works seemed overwhelming. He wrote to his friend; the conductor Hermann Levi: “I will never compose a symphony! You have no idea how the likes of me feels when he always hears such a giant (Beethoven) marching behind him.” But in October 1876 Brahms finally did complete it; and the first – acclaimed – performances of his First Symphony immediately took place in Karlsruhe; Mannheim; Munich; and Vienna. We herewith offer the score of this work; published within the framework of our New Collected Edition; as a convenient study score. In his preface to this Urtext edition in small format; our editor – Brahms expert Robert Pascall – presents interesting information about the work's genesis and publishing history.
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