Rainsong Cycle, Op. 59 - First Edition, Early Version from Lieder und Gesange for High Voice and Piano
This first edition of the Regenlied cycle is only available from G. Henle Publishers. In the preface, Michael Struck, an eminent Brahms scholar, writes about the distinctiveness of the work, until now a completely unknown little song cycle by the composer. In it Brahms sets four texts to music by the poet Klaus Groth, whom he greatly admired. In the well-known song cycle opus 59, published by Brahms himself, the Groth songs are also to be found together with other songs. The reason why Johannes Brahms' Violin Sonata no. 1 in G major op. 78 is also known as the Regenlied Sonata becomes clear on acquiring, studying, and playing this Regenlied cycle.