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Brahms was born in Hamburg, on May 7 th , 1833. His father was musician, bassist. Who was his first teacher of music. He taught violin and cello.


At the age of 15 he revealed as a great performer of piano. He was in Weimar together with Franz Lisz and in the year 1853 he performed concerts with Hungarian violinist.


He developed a friendship with the violinist Joachim, who talked to him about Schumann, who he met giving birth to a friendship. Schumann was married to Clara Wieck and both admired his work, his compositions. Brahms fell in love with Clara and when Schumann died, he declared his love. But it is said that she never accepted him but as a friend.


Brahms never married, although he enjoyed the admiration of many women. It is said that despite his sympathy and affability, he was too shy to get close to them.


His work was between the classic and the romantic, among them it is found the "German Requiem" (dedicated to the memory of his mother and Robert Schumann) and the premiere was in the Brenna Cathedral in the year 1868.


While working for Prince Lippe, in Detmold court, he familiarized with chamber music, genre in which he will later produce works of high inspiration; there he grew as an artist.


His first concert for piano was in 1859 and it was performed for the first time in Hannover.

With the hope of being offered some important job position he traveled to Hamburg, his native city. But there he was not taken into account although there was vacancies as director of orchestra. He left that city, but when he returned he received this time an invitation for being in charge of the Singakademie of Viena as a director.

His work did not like the inhabitants as it was considered too severe. Although its musical value was recognized.


Despite his reserved character, his fame was spreading and he made many friends.


He traveled much giving concerts in those tours. Then he stayed to live in Vienna, devoting his time only to compose.


In 1865 he composed his Hungarian dances. And he wrote his first symphony in 1876. Büllow (first de Cosima Liszt´s husband and father of her 2 first sons) considered that after Bach and Beethoven, he was the biggest composer.


In 1881 he performed the second concert for piano for the first time, in B flat major; In 1882, a trio and his famous quintet (in F minor) for piano and his string quartet; in 1883 to celebrate his 50 years, his third symphony.


Brahms, who was old yet, enjoyed popularity in Vienna, he had a long beard and a hefty build.


He received many distinctions abroad and in his country. In 1874 he was distinguished as "parnter of the Berlin Art Academy"; in 1877, Honorees Dr of Cambridge University. In 1881 the same title in Oxford University; in 1885 he was given the Merit Cross of Prussia;

In 1889 , Hamburg honorees citizen.

His health was decaying and the idea of death was going round him much. With the direction of Kans Richter, the fourth symphony of Brahms was executed, and it was told that a tempest of applauses blast at the end of first movement, which did not end until Brahms appeared in the artist box. And the same happened with the second and third movement. The theater was frenetic and claimed energetically without letting him go. Tears covered up his face and he, Brahms only could stay shrunk before the contained sob of the audience who felt it was a good bye. After this Brahms and his Vienna separated for ever.


His end was near, severely ill with a liver cancer he died on April 3 rd , 1897. His funerals gather the inhabitants and the authorities of the city of Vienna, and he had an important tribute of recognition and admiration. A monument was raised in his honor, near Beethoven and Schubert, remembering his greatness.



Intermezzo - John Williams and Julian Bream plays Brahms


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