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Walter Blume's 1933 tract, "Brahms in the Meiningen Tradition: his symphonies and Haydn variations according to the markings of Fritz Steinbach," serves as an invaluable resource to the specific performance practices of the Meiningen Court Orchestra. Brahms himself would often conduct this ensemble, along with the composer's contemporary, Fritz Steinbach. Walter Blume, a protégé of Steinbach, later wrote down Brahms' preferences for the performances of his orchestral works, as reflected in the composer's interaction with the Meiningen Orchestra.
In this blog, American Romantics Principal Conductor Kevin Sherwin will explore sections of Blume's treatise on Brahms, how these performance styles can be heard in early sound recordings, and how these practices can be applied to the performance of Brahms' symphonies today.