III Brahms’ Rain Songs
Most pianists and violinists know Brahms's song Regenlied Op. 59/3 because he quotes it in the final movement of his G major violin sonata. He used the same melody also in his song Nachklang. The Regenlied describes rain which brings to mind a flood of childhood memories. Childhood is an unusual song theme for Brahms who preferred to compose songs of unhappy love or of longing. In this Rain Song, the refreshing purity of the rain is compared with the innocence of a child.
Brahms returned to this Rain Song five years later in 1879, in his first published violin sonata, Op. 78 in G major. The work may have been some kind of memorial to his godson Felix Schumann who had played violin as a hobby. Felix, the son of Brahms' dearest friend Clara Schumann, died of tuberculosis in February 1879, at the early age of 24.
This documentary film includes the following works:
Brahms: Regenlied Op. 59/3
Brahms: Nachklang Op. 59/4
Brahms: Violin sonata in G major Op. 78, 3rd movement
Aarne Pelkonen, baritone
Pauliina Valtasaari, violin
Terhi Dostal, piano
Concept and script: Terhi Dostal
Screenplay, video art and editing: Paula Saraste and Daniel Redel