Brahms Piano Quartet C Minor 3rd mvt Andante opus 60
  • Classical music composed by Johannes Brahms One of Brahms' most beautiful slow movements, for string trio with piano.


    Q: Who is playing this piece?
    A: Sorry, I don't know. I licensed this recording from Keith Salmon, of Royalty Free Classical Music (dot org).

    Q: Who is this Brahms person?
    A: You can read about him here

    Q: If it's a piano quartet, why do I hear violins?
    A: A piece of music for a solo instrument accompanied by a piano is most often called a sonata (violin sonata, flute sonata, etc.), but when a string trio (violin, viola, violoncello) is joined by a piano, it's called a piano quartet. A piece for four pianists is usually referred to as "eight-hand piano music." Go figure.

    Q: Something sounds wrong in the second beat of the measure that starts at 5:26.
    A: Yes; the violist plays a D-natural on the second beat; it should be a D-sharp.

    Q: This is really beautiful; what other pieces are like this?
    A: I don't know of another piece that's this beautiful in quite this way, but the other piano trios, quartets and quintets of Schubert, Schumann and Brahms are really good, so that's a good place to start.

    Q: Is there a way I could make the bar-graph scores myself?
    A: The Music Animation Machine MIDI file player will generate this display; you can get the (Windows) software here:
    There are lots of places on the web where you can get MIDI files; I usually go to the Classical Archives site first:

    Q: Could you do a MAM video of _________?
    A: Please read this:

    Q: Can I get a DVD with videos like this?
    A: Yes:

    Q: What do the colors in the bar-graph score mean?
    A: The colors indicate: violin, viola, violoncello, piano top staff, piano bottom staff.

    Q: Why do the scores move at different speeds?
    A: The bar-graph score is graphical, and in it, time translates exactly into horizontal position; conventional notation is symbolic, so there is usually one symbol per note, regardless of whether it's a long or a short note, and the symbols are more or less evenly spaced (for legibility); so, when the notes are faster, the notation needs to move faster to keep up.

    Q: Why am I crying?
    A: I don't know, but the first time I heard this piece in a concert, I cried too. I also cried the first time I read through it with string players. Something about it.

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