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Johannes Brahms

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Hamburg, Germany (1833 – 1897)

Johannes Brahms (7th May 1833–3rd April 1897) was a composer of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg, Germany, he eventually settled in Vienna, Austria.
Brahms wrote a number of major works for orchestra, including two serenades, four symphonies, two piano concertos, a Violin Concerto, a Double Concerto for violin and cello, and a pair of orchestral overtures, the Academic Festival Overture and the Tragic Overture.

His large choral work Ein deutsches Requiem (“A German Requiem”) is not a traditional, liturgical requiem (Missa pro defunctis), but a setting of texts which Brahms selected from the Lutheran Bible. The work was composed in three major periods of his life. An earlier version of the second movement was first composed in 1854, not long after Robert Schumann’s attempted suicide, and was later finished and used in his first piano concerto. The majority of the Requiem was composed after his mother’s death in 1865. The fifth movement was later added after the official premiere in 1868. The complete work was then published in 1869.
Brahms’s works in variation form include the Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel and the Paganini Variations, both for solo piano, and the Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn in versions for two pianos and for orchestra. The final movement of the Fourth Symphony (Op. 98) is also formally a set of variations.

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  • Ausca

    HOW could any MUSIC be GREATER than his FOURTH SYMPHONY?

    Yesterday 8:13pm Reply
  • Tonacatecuhtli

    Brahms without beard is so sexy! Bearded Brahms is so old.

    13 Jun 6:12am Reply
  • MonarchKingdom

    Who keeps voting for this non-bearded Brahms? Brahms w/ beard >>>> Brahms w/o beard

    27 May 8:25am Reply
  • edubbwitthevdub

    Brahms has swag

    30 Apr 4:14pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Big Fan Here

    14 Apr 5:33pm Reply
  • Andre1685

    Jesus Christ, his Symphony No. 4 is marvellous.

    4 Apr 3:24am Reply
  • CosmicPi

    Good grief, his music is amazing.

    14 Feb 4:06pm Reply
  • Lukk048

    The second time the choir sets in 'Denn alles Fleisch' in Ein deutsches Requiem is simply stunning. The recording by John Eliot Gardiner is my favorite here.

    5 Feb 1:12am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    good old man.

    20 Jan 5:01pm Reply
  • cowboy_envy

    my son

    6 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Pani_Kika89

    "Hungarian Dances" na orkiestrę i jest 7 Heaven 0_0

    13 Nov 2014 Reply
  • innercities

    'Andante, largo e mesto'

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Wooshmeister

    It's a shame that he destroyed so many of his compositions because he was so self-critical. :(

    26 Sep 2014 Reply
  • LasyPomorza

    2 płyty winylowe na sprzedaż Sinfonie Nr 2 i 4 ETERNA. Szczegóły na priv.

    31 Aug 2014 Reply
  • innercities

    john eliot gardiner's recording of the 3rd symphony is my favorite - expression owing to transparency, plus he pays a lot of attention to timbre.

    8 Jul 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Great composer indeed !

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • tsmiths

    Magnífico! O melhor.

    16 May 2014 Reply
  • myonnnnn

    met a hippie version of this mutha at a local coffee shop, ironically he didn't even know who johnny was

    4 May 2014 Reply
  • hundlord

    Shit vad jag är dålig i magen

    21 Apr 2014 Reply
  • innercities

    the moment of silence in Deutsches Requiem, after the orchestral introduction, before the choir sets in a cappella, is killer

    8 Apr 2014 Reply
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