Johannes Brahms
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1833-05-07
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Johannes Brahms

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Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. In his lifetime, Brahms's popularity and influence were ...

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Biography

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. In his lifetime, Brahms's popularity and influence were considerable. He is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs", a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.

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An die Nachtigall (Op.46 No.4)
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An die Nachtigall (Op.46 No.4)
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Rhapsody in G minor (Op.79 No.2) [1879]
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Rhapsody in G minor (Op.79 No.2) [1879]
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Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op.117 No.2
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Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op.117 No.2
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Piano Quartet in G minor (Op.25), Movt.4 Rondo alla zingarese (Presto)
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Piano Quartet in G minor (Op.25), Movt.4 Rondo alla zingarese (Presto)
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3 Hungarian Dances (originally for piano duet) arr. for string orchestra
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3 Hungarian Dances (originally for piano duet) arr. for string orchestra
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Schicksalslied [Song of Destiny] for chorus and orchestra (Op.54)
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Schicksalslied [Song of Destiny] for chorus and orchestra (Op.54)
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Intermezzo No.1 in B minor
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Intermezzo No.1 in B minor
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Trio for viola, cello and piano(Op.114) in A minor
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Trio for viola, cello and piano(Op.114) in A minor
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Rhapsody for piano (Op.79 No.1) in B minor
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Rhapsody for piano (Op.79 No.1) in B minor
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String Sextet in B flat, Op 18
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String Sextet in B flat, Op 18
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Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op.60
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Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op.60
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Andantino (Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115)
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Andantino (Clarinet Quintet in B minor, Op.115)
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4 pieces for piano (Op.119) no.1; Intermezzo in B minor
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4 pieces for piano (Op.119) no.1; Intermezzo in B minor
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String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1
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String Quartet in C minor, Op. 51 No. 1
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Waltz No 2 in E major, Op.39
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Waltz No 2 in E major, Op.39
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Serenade No. 1 in D Major Op.11
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Serenade No. 1 in D Major Op.11
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Liebeslieder Waltzer (excerpt)
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Liebeslieder Waltzer (excerpt)
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6 Pieces for piano (Op.118), no.5; Romanze in F major
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6 Pieces for piano (Op.118), no.5; Romanze in F major
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Intermezzo in A major, Op.118 No.2
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Intermezzo in A major, Op.118 No.2
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Rhapsody in B minor, Op. 79 No. 1
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Rhapsody in B minor, Op. 79 No. 1
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F major cello sonata, last movement
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F major cello sonata, last movement
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Ballade in G minor Op. 118 No. 3
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Ballade in G minor Op. 118 No. 3
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Ballade in G minor Op. 118 No. 3
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Ballade in G minor Op. 118 No. 3
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String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
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String Sextet No. 2 in G major, Op. 36
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5 Songs (Op.105), no.1; Wie Melodien zieht es mir
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5 Songs (Op.105), no.1; Wie Melodien zieht es mir
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Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Radio 3 Breakfast: Music Box
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Essential Classics: Guest Choices
Music With 'The Tingle Factor'
Music With 'The Tingle Factor'
BBC Proms 2015: Katie Derham Curates
BBC Proms 2015: Katie Derham Curates


Johannes Brahms Biography

Johannes Brahms (7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna, Austria. In his lifetime, Brahms's popularity and influence were considerable. He is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs", a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.

Brahms composed for piano, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, and for voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire. Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.

Brahms is often considered both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Baroque and Classical masters. He was a master of counterpoint, the complex and highly disciplined art for which Johann Sebastian Bach is famous, and of development, a compositional ethos pioneered by Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, and other composers. Brahms aimed to honour the "purity" of these venerable "German" structures and advance them into a Romantic idiom, in the process creating bold new approaches to harmony and melody. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers. Within his meticulous structures is embedded, however, a highly romantic nature.

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