Johannes Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem

Johannes Brahms

Ein deutsches Requiem

arranged for Chamber ensemble

op. 45


Brahms conceived the original orchestral version of his Requiem for a choir with over 200 singers. Most performances of the work will be sung with far fewer singers, resulting in a clear imbalance between the larger orchestra and smaller choir. The present arrangement for chamber ensemble minimizes this problem and makes it possible for choirs with modest budgets to perform this unsurpassed masterpiece. Surely practiced instrumentalists or ensembles will be happy to participate in a performance of this chamber version of the Requiem.


full score

264 pages, DIN A4, paperback
EUR84,00 / copies

set of parts, complete orchestral parts

23 x 32 cm, without cover
EUR98,50 / copies
  • consisting of
    1 x set of parts, harmony parts, 1 x bassoon, 1 x clarinet, 1 x flute, 1 x horn, 1 x oboe, 1 x timpani (27.055/59)
    each: 40,60 €
    4 x individual part, violin 1 (27.055/61)
    each: 9,75 €
    4 x individual part, violin 2 (27.055/62)
    each: 9,75 €
    3 x individual part, viola (27.055/63)
    each: 9,75 €
    2 x individual part, violoncello (27.055/64)
    each: 9,75 €
    1 x individual part, double bass (27.055/65)
    each: 9,75 €

vocal score

100 pages, 19 x 27 cm, paperback
EUR9,50 / copies

vocal score, XL in large print

104 pages, DIN A4, paperback
EUR15,95 / copies

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Joachim Linckelmann Personal details


Joachim Linckelmann Personal details


Johannes Brahms Personal details


Linckelmann retains some elements of the original orchestration, he has altered or eliminated other elements, creating a new, fresh interpretation of this masterwork, while increasing its accessibility for smal ensembles.[...] Linckelmann's arrangement of the Requiem represents a significant contribution to the choral-orchestral repertoire.[..]Moreover, although some purists will admittedly lament the omission of brass, harp, and organ from any performance of the Requiem, one could convincingly argue that the priority, at times, in performing such significant pieces of music, is to allow as many musicians as possible an opportunity to experience this great masterwork.
Nathan Windt, Choral Journal, November 2011

Die Realisierung dieses grandiosen Meisterwerkes scheitert oftmals an den Kosten für das originale, großbesetzte Orchester. Die Fassung für Klavier zu vier Händen, von Brahms selbst erstellt, lässt (weil eben Klavier) eine orchestrale Dynamik und transparente Linearität bei romantischem Phrasenduktus kaum wirklich befriedigend darstellen. Insofern macht diese vorgelegte Bearbeitung großen Sinn. Laut Herausgeber sind Klavierauszug und Chorpartitur der Originalausgabe mit dieser Bearbeitung kompatibel.
Johannes Ebenbauer, Singende Kirche, Heft 2/2011