The Scottish ballad EdwardŒî from J. G. Herders anthology of folk songs Stimmen der V_lker in LiedernŒî made such a deep impression on Brahms that, as he told a friend, the melodies came to him effortlessly. EdwardŒîprovided the motif for the first of four ballade compositions, musical tales of a dramatic romantic nature that were linked with memories of Clara Schumann for Brahms. Julius Grimm, to whom the pieces were dedicated, also said that the Ballades are really for herŒî. Robert Schumann was very enthusiastic about his young colleagues composition. The renowned pianist Lars Vogt provided fingering for our Urtext edition of this easy-to-play work.