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      • Life in Vienna. In the early 1860s Brahms made his first visit to Vienna, and in 1863 he was named director of the Singakademie, a choral group, where he concentrated ...
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  1. Johannes Brahms - Music, Facts & Lullaby - Biography

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    Apr 02, 2014 · Widely considered one of the 19th century's greatest composers and one of the leading musicians of the Romantic era, Johannes Brahms was born May 7, 1833, in Hamburg, Germany. He was the second of...

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    Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg on May 7, 1833, the son of Johann Jakob and Christina Nissen Brahms. The father, an innkeeper and a musician of moderate ability, earned a precarious living for his family of five. Johannes received his first music instruction from his father. At the age of seven Johannes began studying piano.

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    Johannes Brahms Biography. Born: May 7, 1833. Hamburg, Germany. Died: April 3, 1897. Vienna, Austria. German composer, pianist, and conductor. The German composer (writer of music), pianist, and conductor Johannes Brahms was one of the most significant composers of the nineteenth century. His works combine the warm feeling of the Romantic period with the control of classical influences such as Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) and Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827).

  4. Brahms: Biography | Music Appreciation

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    Early years

    Brahms’s father, Johann Jakob Brahms (1806–72), came to Hamburg from Dithmarschen, seeking a career as a town musician. He was proficient in several instruments, but found employment mostly playing the horn and double bass. In 1830, he married Johanna Henrika Christiane Nissen (1789–1865), a seamstress never previously married, who was seventeen years older than he was. Johannes Brahms had an older sister and a younger brother. Initially, they lived near the city docks, in the Gängeviertel qu...

    Meeting Joachim and Liszt

    He began to compose quite early in life, but later destroyed most copies of his first works; for instance, Louise Japha, a fellow-pupil of Marxsen, reported a piano sonata, that Brahms had played or improvised at the age of 11, had been destroyed. His compositions did not receive public acclaim until he went on a concert tour as accompanist to the Hungarian violinist Eduard Reményi in April and May 1853. On this tour he met Joseph Joachim at Hanover, and went on to the Court of Weimar where h...

    Brahms and the Schumanns

    Joachim had given Brahms a letter of introduction to Robert Schumann, and after a walking tour in the Rhineland, Brahms took the train to Düsseldorf, and was welcomed into the Schumann family on arrival there. Schumann, amazed by the 20-year-old’s talent, published an article entitled “Neue Bahnen” (New Paths) in the 28 October 1853 issue of the journal Neue Zeitschrift für Musik alerting the public to the young man, who, he claimed, was “destined to give ideal expression to the times.” This...

    Works

    Brahms wrote a number of major works for orchestra, including two serenades, four symphonies, two piano concertos (No. 1 in D minor; No. 2 in B-flat major), a Violin Concerto, a Double Concerto for violin and cello, and two companion orchestral overtures, the Academic Festival Overture and the Tragic Overture. His large choral work A German Requiem is not a setting of the liturgical Missa pro defunctisbut a setting of texts which Brahms selected from the Luther Bible. The work was composed in...

    Style and influences

    Brahms maintained a Classical sense of form and order in his works – in contrast to the opulence of the music of many of his contemporaries. Thus many admirers (though not necessarily Brahms himself) saw him as the champion of traditional forms and “pure music”, as opposed to the “New German” embrace of programme music. Brahms venerated Beethoven: in the composer’s home, a marble bust of Beethoven looked down on the spot where he composed, and some passages in his works are reminiscent of Bee...

    Influence

    Brahms’s point of view looked both backward and forward; his output was often bold in its exploration of harmony and rhythm. As a result, he was an influence on composers of both conservative and modernist tendencies. Within his lifetime, his idiom left an imprint on several composers within his personal circle, who strongly admired his music, such as Heinrich von Herzogenberg, Robert Fuchs, and Julius Röntgen, as well as on Gustav Jenner, who was Brahms’s only formal composition pupil. Anton...

    Brahms was fond of nature and often went walking in the woods around Vienna. He often brought penny candy with him to hand out to children. To adults, Brahms was often brusque and sarcastic, and he often alienated other people. His pupil Gustav Jenner wrote, “Brahms has acquired, not without reason, the reputation for being a grump, even though few could also be as lovable as he.”He also had predictable habits, which were noted by the Viennese press, such as his daily visit to his favourite “Red Hedgehog” tavern in Vienna, and his habit of walking with his hands firmly behind his back, which led to a caricature of him in this pose walking alongside a red hedgehog. Those who remained his friends were very loyal to him, however, and he reciprocated with equal loyalty and generosity. Brahms had amassed a small fortune in the second half of his career, around 1860, when his works sold widely. But despite his wealth, he lived very simply, with a modest apartment – a mess of music papers...

    Deiters/Newmarch. (1888). Johannes Brahms: A Biographical Sketch. Fisher Unwin (reissued by Cambridge University Press, 2009; ISBN 978-1-108-00479-4)
    Johannes Brahms: Life and Letters, ISBN 0-19-816234-0 by Brahms himself, edited by Styra Avins, translated by Josef Eisinger (1998). A biography by way of comprehensive footnotes to a collection of...
    Brahms, His Life and Work, by Karl Geiringer, photographs by Irene Geiringer (1987, ISBN 0-306-80223-6). A biography and discussion of his musical output, supplemented by, and cross-referenced with...
    Charles Rosen discusses a number of Brahms’s imitations of Beethoven in chapter 9 of his Critical Entertainments: Music Old and New(2000; Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, ISBN 0-674-17730-4).
  5. Johannes Brahms Biography - Facts, Childhood, Family Life ...

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    Johannes Brahms was born on 7 May, 1833 in Hamburg. His father, Johann Jakob Brahms, was a musician from Heide, who came to Hamburg to pursue a career in music. His mother, Johanna Henrika Christiane Nissen, was a seamstress. He was born the second of their three children.

  6. Johannes Brahms | Biography & History | AllMusic

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    Artist Biography by Rovi Staff. The stature of Johannes Brahms among classical composers is well illustrated by his inclusion among the "Three Bs" triumvirate of Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. Of all the major composers of the late Romantic era, Brahms was the one most attached to the Classical ideal as manifested in the music of Haydn, Mozart, and especially Beethoven; indeed, Hans von Bülow once characterized Brahms ' Symphony No. 1 (1855-1876) as "Beethoven's Tenth."

  7. Brahms Biography - Johannes Brahms

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    1857 Brahms returns to Hamburg. On the way, he spends four months in Detmold (a visit. repeated in the autumn of the next two years), where he worked as court pianist, chamber musician, and Conductor of the Court Choir. 1858 Gives up the Lippe-Detmold appointment. Spends March and April in Berlin with Clara.

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    May 20, 2012 · BiographyJohannes Brahms was born in Hamburg on May 7, 1833, the son of JohannJakob and Christina Nissen Brahms.The father, an innkeeper and a musician of moderate ability, earned aprecarious living for his family of five. Johannes received his first musicinstruction from his father.At the age of seven Johannes began studying piano.

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