J. Brahms: Variations on a theme by Schumann, Op.23

Composed in November 1861 and published in 1863 by J. Reiter-Biedermann in Leipzig and Winterthur, the Variations, Op. 23, were first performed on January 12, 1864, in Vienna. Brahms dedicated the set, his first piano duet, to Julie Schumann, Clara Schumann's (1819-96) daughter. Brahms later became very attached to Julie and was forced to renounce his undeclared love when she became engaged to another.

G. Fauré: Dolly Suite Op. 56


In his late 40s, the married Fauré fell in love with Emma Bardac. The affair inspired a burst of creativity and a new originality in his music. Fauré wrote the Dolly Suite for piano duet between 1894 and 1897 and dedicated it to Bardac's daughter Hélène, known as "Dolly". 


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