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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)

Johannes Brahms (May 7, 1833 – April 3, 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic era. He is considered one of the greatest composers of the 19th century, and his music is still performed and enjoyed by audiences all over the world.

Brahms was a German virtuoso pianist and composer of the Romantic period. He spent much of his musical life in Vienna Austria. He loved animals and children and wrote music in many formats, the Concerto, Symphony, Sonata, along with chamber compositions and over 200 songs. His father, who was a horn and bass player began teaching him music at an early age. As is the case with many composers, Brahm's parents did not encourage him to write music. They felt he had a better future as a pianist.

When Brahms was 20 years old the virtuoso violinist Joseph Joachim introduced him to the composer Robert Schumann. A life long friendship developed between Schumann and Brahms. When Schumann became mentally ill in 1854 Brahms helped Clara Schumann to manage the family.

He fell in love with Clara Schumann, but he never married. Brahms had difficulty expressing his emotions outside of music. Brahms is known today as one of the greatest composers that ever lived. He was a perfectionist and either destroyed or left many works unpublished.

Although a composer of the Romantic period, Brahms was conservative and his music was largely influenced by music of the Classical period.


Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany, into a musical family. His father was a double bassist in the Hamburg Philharmonic Society, and his mother was a singer. Brahms showed an early aptitude for music, and he began studying the violin and piano at the age of seven. He also received a strong education in literature and philosophy.

In 1853, Brahms moved to Vienna, where he met and befriended the violinist Joseph Joachim and the pianist Clara Schumann. These three musicians became close friends and collaborators, and they played a major role in the development of Brahms's musical style.

Brahms's early compositions were influenced by the music of Beethoven and Schubert. However, he soon developed his own unique style, which was characterized by its clarity, balance, and emotional depth. Brahms was a master of melody, harmony, and rhythm, and his music is often described as being "classical" or "romantic."

Brahms composed a wide variety of music, including symphonies, concertos, chamber music, piano works, choral compositions, and songs. Some of his most famous works include the First Symphony, the Violin Concerto, the Piano Quartet No. 1, the German Requiem, and the Liebeslieder Walzer.

Brahms was a perfectionist, and he often revised his compositions many times before he was satisfied. He was also a slow worker, and he produced a relatively small body of music. However, his music is of the highest quality, and it has had a profound influence on composers of all periods.

Brahms died in Vienna in 1897. He was buried in the Zentralfriedhof, Vienna's largest cemetery. His funeral was attended by a large crowd of mourners, including many of the leading musicians of the day.

Brahms was a complex and contradictory figure. He was a brilliant composer, but he was also a difficult and demanding person. He was a pioneer of Romantic music, but he was also a product of his time. He was a man of great talent and ambition, but he was also a man of great flaws.

Despite his flaws, Brahms was a major figure in the history of music. His works are still performed and enjoyed by audiences all over the world. He was a true original, and his music continues to inspire and challenge composers today.

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