Johannes Brahms
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1833-05-07
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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms Biography (Wikipedia)

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 considered one of the greatest composers in history, and is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs", a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.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, organ, 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 Brahms, an uncompromising perfectionist, destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.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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Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor
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Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G minor
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Concerto no. 1 in D minor Op.15 - Maestoso
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Concerto no. 1 in D minor Op.15 - Maestoso
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Begrabnisgesang Op.13
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Begrabnisgesang Op.13
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Heimweh 3 (Ich sah als Knabe), Op 63 no 9
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Heimweh 3 (Ich sah als Knabe), Op 63 no 9
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Heimweh 2 (O wusst ich doch den Weg zuruck), Op 63 no 8
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Heimweh 2 (O wusst ich doch den Weg zuruck), Op 63 no 8
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Heimweh 1 (Wie traulich war das Fleckchen), Op 63 no 7
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Heimweh 1 (Wie traulich war das Fleckchen), Op 63 no 7
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Three Hungarian Dances: No.1 in G minor; No.5 in G minor; No.6 in D major
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Three Hungarian Dances: No.1 in G minor; No.5 in G minor; No.6 in D major
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Quartet no. 2 in A minor Op.51`2 for strings
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Quartet no. 2 in A minor Op.51`2 for strings
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Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34
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Piano Quintet in F minor, Op.34
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Variations on a theme of Haydn (Op.56a) "St Antoni Chorale"
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Variations on a theme of Haydn (Op.56a) "St Antoni Chorale"
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Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor (orch. Brahms, originally for piano duet)
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Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor (orch. Brahms, originally for piano duet)
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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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