The Music Plays On — Brahms Violin Sonatas

Johannes Brahms, 1853

Like so many compositions throughout his life, Brahms was incredibly critical of his three violin sonatas. He composed his first one as early as 1853, and it is possible that he composed four more, all of which he destroyed. In 1879 he would finally write and publish what would become his Violin Sonata in G Major, Op. 78. Seven years later, in 1886, Brahms would write his second sonata, which is in A Major, Op. 100…