This book is a substantial and timely contribution to Brahms studies Its strategy is to focus on a single critical work, the C Minor Piano Quartet, analyzing and interpreting it in great detail, but also using it as a stepping stone to connect it to other central Brahms works in order to reach a new understanding of the composer s technical language and expressive intent It is an original and worthy contribution on the music of a major composer Patrick McCrelessExpressive Forms in Brahms s Instrumental Music integrates a wide variety of analytical methods into a broader study of theoretical approaches, using a single work by Brahms as a case study On the basis of his findings, Smith considers how Brahms s approach in this piano quartet informs analyses of similar works by Brahms as well as by Beethoven and MozartMusical Meaning and Interpretation Robert S Hatten, editor