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raff

(ræf)
n
1. rubbish; refuse
2. rabble or riffraff
[C14: perhaps from Old French rafle a snatching up; compare raffle, riffraff]
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raff

(ræf)

n.
riffraff; rabble.
[1665–75; extracted from riffraff]
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Raff

 a promiscuous pile; a jumble; a rabble. See also mob, riff-raff.
Examples: raff of errors, 1677; of fellows, 1826; the raff or refuse of the river, 1838.
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The concert program includes Johannes Brahms' Sextet in B-flat Major, Opus 18; Joachim Raff's Octet for Strings in C-Major; and George Enesco's Octet in C-Major, Opus 7.
Our wide-ranging conversation continues, covering neglected Scandinavian composers, my beloved Franz Berwald among them, and Jarvi's enthusiasm for the music of Joachim Raff, disciple of Liszt, and born in Switzerland, and the subject of ongoing annual recordings with Neeme Jarvi's "new" orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, based here in Geneva.
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Written between 1879 and 1881, it was premiered in Weimar on 17 January 1882 and published by Breitkopf und Hartel the following year (Helene Raff, Joachim Raff, 243-45).
While his conclusions appear to be appropriate for Brendel and may eventually be found to have validity for other New German figures like Hans von Bulow, Carl August Peter Cornelius, Richard Pohl, and Joachim Raff, Determann would need to extend his survey of the published sources to the writings of those individuals to make any broader statements about the New Germans.
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