Brahms – Rondo alla Zingarese

If I’m turning to Brahms for musical medicine it’s usually because I’m feeling a bit sad and I need a big, gentle musical hug to envelope me and reassure me that everything is going to be ok. I’ll listen to things like the horn trio or the clarinet trio and everything feels better afterwards, and I expect I’ll be turning to mellow Brahms quite a bit in the weeks to come. But today, I need a big kick up the backside, because it’s Monday and I should be at choir practice, so here’s some gloriously bonkers Brahms, that is always absolutely guaranteed to make me laugh – the final movement of his Piano Quartet No.1.

PS Don’t stop halfway through because you think you’ve got the hang of how it goes – you have to go right the way through to the end to get the full effect: