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A biography of johannes brahms a composer

A Biography Johannes Brahms photo: May 7, 1833, Hamburg, Germany. April 3, 1897, Vienna, Austria. At the age of six he was discovered to have perfect pitch and a natural talent for the piano. He made his first public appearance playing chamber music at the age of ten.

Johannes Brahms

A passing American impresario heard him and offered the wunderkind an American tour, but his teacher Otto Cossel forbade it before turning him over to Marxsen. To supplement his income, the teenager played in taverns and, some say, bordellos. It remains a moot point whether this period left its psychological scars. His parents were an ill-matched couple and he frequently witnessed their violent arguments as a child; some have suggested he may have been impotent.

Whatever the reason, Brahms never married and seems to have resorted to prostitutes when the need arose. Brahms sublimated his love and desire for women in his music. It proved to be a fortuitous move. Brahms and Joachim formed a firm friendship and Joachim, who was part of the Liszt circle, took Brahms with him to Weimar to meet the great man.

  1. In 1890, the 57-year-old Brahms resolved to give up composing. There are two late sonatas, written in 1894, for clarinet or viola and piano, Op.
  2. He made his first public appearance playing chamber music at the age of ten. Brahms had much in common with Beethoven.
  3. While completing the Op.

In fact, so enamoured did the Schumanns become of the young man that they invited him to move into their house. Only a few years later, he was castigated by his friends for compromising a young singer named Agathe von Siebold.

  • Notably he gave the premieres of both his Piano Concerto No;
  • A passing American impresario heard him and offered the wunderkind an American tour, but his teacher Otto Cossel forbade it before turning him over to Marxsen;
  • He also wrote a set of chorale preludes for organ shortly before his death, which have become an important part of the standard organ repertoire;
  • Brahms sublimated his love and desire for women in his music.

She inspired many songs and attracted him immensely but after becoming engaged to her wrote: I must see you again. But I cannot wear fetters. Meanwhile, he had written his magnificent First Piano Concerto. It was hissed at its premiere in 1859 and the year later he had a further disappointment when he was turned down for the conductorship of the Hamburg Philharmonic.

Eventually, in 1872, he decided to make the Austrian capital his base. His German Requiem and Alto Rhapsody from the late 1860s made him famous but it was the next two decades which saw the flowering of his genius. He was offered the conductorship of the famed Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in 1872 but was so consumed with the need to compose that he resigned in 1875.

Within three years he had completed his Symphonies Nos 1 and 2, the Violin Concerto besides the Academic Festival and Tragic overtures.

From the rigours of conducting and playing his music all over Europe, Brahms escaped every summer to the country, either to stay in Baden-Baden where Clara Schumann had a house or to Ischl where Johann Strauss II had a villa the two men were good friends. In 1878 he was taken to Italy by a surgeon friend, the first of many visits to a country he came to love.

Masterpiece followed masterpiece in the 1880s: In the 1890s, he abandoned larger forms and concentrated on chamber music and more intimate, personal piano works, all tinged with nostalgia and a warm, steady glow of autumnal romanticism. His appearance deteriorated, his energy disappeared and he was persuaded to see a doctor.

Brahms had much in common with Beethoven. Short in stature, unable or unwilling to have lasting relationships with women, bad tempered and lovers of the countryside, they even walked about Vienna in the same way with head forward and hands clasped behind the back.

Like Beethoven, Brahms had an unhappy childhood and was a prickly, uncompromising man.

  1. Other sets of variations show similar skill, if not the depth and variety of these major examples of the art. From the rigours of conducting and playing his music all over Europe, Brahms escaped every summer to the country, either to stay in Baden-Baden where Clara Schumann had a house or to Ischl where Johann Strauss II had a villa the two men were good friends.
  2. Other sets of variations show similar skill, if not the depth and variety of these major examples of the art. At the age of six he was discovered to have perfect pitch and a natural talent for the piano.
  3. His concertos consist of two magnificent and demanding Piano Concertos, a Violin Concerto and a splendid Double Concerto for violin and cello. Brahms showed a particular talent for the composition of variations, and this is aptly demonstrated in the famous Variations on a Theme of Handel, Op.
  4. These included his Hungarian Dances, the Waltzes op.
  5. She inspired many songs and attracted him immensely but after becoming engaged to her wrote.

Some, like Hugo Wolf, a Wagner follower, bitterly attacked Brahms. Tchaikovsky had no time for him at all. Some find him a turgid Teutonic. Certainly a lot of his music, especially his early work, can sound thick textured and plodding.