This Intermezzo is the second of the Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118, that Johannes Brahms wrote for solo piano. Completed in 1893 and dedicated to Clara Schumann, the collection was the penultimate composition published during Brahms’ lifetime. It was also his penultimate work composed for piano solo. Consistent with Brahms’s other late keyboard works, Op. 118 is more introspective than his earlier piano pieces, which tended to be more virtuosic in character.