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Brahms hesitated for a long time over writing a solo concerto for an instrument whose technique he was not very familiar with. Therefore in 1877/78 his Concerto for violin and orchestra op. 77 came into being in close collaboration with his friend Joseph Joachim; who also contributed a cadenza for it. The work was quickly received with enthusiasm by Brahms's contemporaries; and today is still considered a central piece in the repertoire; so an Urtext edition in a convenient small format is useful for study purposes. It is based on the musical text of the New Brahms Complete Edition; and likewise contains the cadenza by Joachim in two different variants; first in the original form; and second; in a very interesting; condensed variant that Brahms made later with the violinist Marie Soldat.