Intermezzo in A Major (Op. 118 No. 2)

Annotated Study Edition (11)

Bars 108 - 116

Do we hear the line ending on the lower tonic or the upper tonic? Both! It is ambiguous, leaving us without a clear resolution. If Brahms had wanted a sense of finality, he might have written a more definite cadence such as this: Resources & links Click here to view our Fantasy Analysis video series for a personal narrative on the interpretation of this work. For a complete, downloadable version of this walkthrough, please see our Annotated Study Edition (...

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