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The Brahms Symphonies: A Weekly Virtual Lecture Series

September 1, 2020

Join Pablo Saelzer of the Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club for our brand new virtual lecture series!

September 10 marks the first in a series of weekly lectures to be presented by Pablo Saelzer, Professor of Music at Montgomery College and Maestro of the Avanti Orchestra. The lectures will feature and explore the four symphonies of Johannes Brahms.

In Mr. Saelzer’s words, “the Brahms’ symphonies are perhaps the most monumental symphonic achievements since the symphonies of Beethoven. They are masterfully crafted and imbued with a distillation of compositional techniques stretching from the Renaissance to the late 19th century. In addition, because they exist in a balance between chamber and symphonic music, they are both musician’s music as well as successful public concert music. These characteristics make them profoundly satisfying to study and play.”

The main objective of these lectures is for participants to gain awareness of Brahms’ achievements in these symphonies. Score in hand, the study will seek to illuminate their architecture to hopefully better understand how it works to make the music expressive and meaningful. Mr. Saelzer will guide this tour through the symphonies, but the degree of detail delved into will be determined by the questions and discussions with the participants. A secondary objective is to gain techniques to enhance the study of music scores that can be an asset for musicians in their preparation of solo or chamber music repertoire.


These lectures will be hosted on Zoom, and you must register on Eventbrite to attend. You may opt to attend for only your favorite symphony or for all of them! You only need to register once to receive the information necessary to attend all of the sessions, including the Zoom Meeting link. If you have any questions, please direct them to

Here is the registration page:

Score Information

Since these lectures will not include guided listenings, it is fundamental for all participants to have scores to the four symphonies. Below are two suggestions on what editions to consider. It will be crucial that participants have a score with measure numbers.

Dates and Times

Thursdays from 8:00-9:00pm

Thursday, September 10Thursday, September 17
Thursday, September 24Thursday, October 1
Thursday, October 8Thursday, October 15
Thursday, October 22Thursday, October 29
Thursday, November 5Thursday, November 12
Thursday, November 19Thursday, December 3
Thursday, December 10Thursday, December 17
Thursday, January 7Thursday, January 14

Readings and Documents from Pablo