Composer of the Month

Johannes Brahms

 

(1833-1897)


Johannes Brahms was a German composer, pianist, and conductor from the Romantic Era of music. The oldest of three siblings, Brahms’ father was a musician and his mother a seamstress. His father was his first music teacher, and he was avidly composing and playing violin and cello from a young age. By the age of 10 he was giving private concerts, but his parents preferred that he stopped composing and focused more on performing. Unlike other composers from the Romantic Era, Brahms’ musical style maintained a classical sense of form and order, with some Romantic sounds embedded throughout. Over the course of his career, he wrote many types of works, including symphonies, concertos, chamber music, dances, and songs. He wrote “absolute music” (music that does not have a story), so he did not write any operas. Brahms never married, had no children, and died at the age of 63 from liver cancer, the same illness that took his father’s life.

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