How to Play Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No.5 – Solo Marimba Sheet Music

Brahms' Hungarian Dance No.5 Marimba

Brahms completed his 21 Hungarian Dances for orchestra in 1879. As the tittle suggests, these dances were inspired by melodies and rhythms of the Hungarian tradition. Brahms initially wrote the dances for piano for four hands. What he achieved was to attribute the liveliness and the intense dancing character to these compositions. Then, he also orchestrated his work by highlighting those distinctive melodic lines with the richness of the orchestra’s sound colors.

Johannes Brahms, a pianist, composer and conductor himself, was born in Germany and lived many years in Wien.

Here we present the 5th dance for solo marimba. You can find a PDF file with marimba sheet music for free download.

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Sheet Music Details

The following sheet music is adapted for two baguettes and moves in a range of almost three octaves (G3 – E6). The key is G minor, in 2/4 meter. It is quite demanding in speed, mostly in passages of sixteenth notes. So, it is addressed to students of higher levels or professional musicians.

Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No.5 – Free Solo Marimba Sheet Music PDF

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Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No.5 – orchestra

Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No.5 – marimba

On the following video you can watch a student play the piece on the marimba, accompanied by piano.

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