Johannes Brahms s Piano Sonatas opp. 1 2 and 5 were among the first works that the 20-year-old composer published. They were composed in 1852/53 although the Sonata in f-sharp minor was apparently the first of the three to becomposed as it was finished by November 1852. This work has a special place in his oeuvre. Besides its passionate atmosphere his contemporaries discerned it to be serious and dignified in character . Brahms dedicated thissonata to Clara Schumann whose husband Robert wrote to the composer that Your second sonata my friend has brought me much closer to you . The ingenious fingerings have been provided by the pianist Andreas Boyde a recognisedBrahms expert.
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