Johannes Brahms ( 7 May 1833 - 3 April 1897)
Brahms was born in Hamburg, the second largest city in Germany. His
interest in music runs through his blood as he was a son of a double
bass player. His family belongs to a poor family but this has not been
an obstacle in pursuing his interest in music. He begun performing at
an early age but his professional work flourished in Vienna, Austria.
There he met Robert Schumann, his mentor and later became a close
friend. Schumann also an influential critic, was impressed by Brahms
talents calls him the "coming genius" of German Music. He became
well-known not only in Germany, but also throughout Europe where he
toured and conducted concerts while he writes all forms of music except
Brahms, a virtuoso pianist and composer, became one of the leading composers of Romantic middle era along with Camille Saint-Saens,
Johann Strauss II, Georges Bizet and among others. On this period,
music had much more artistic freedom than the periods before it. An age
of virtuoso, passion, and revolutions where Brahms also emerge as one
of the greatest symphonist after Beethoven.
His works are composed for piano, chamber ensembles, symphony orchestra, and for voice and chorus. Some of his works are , Variations on a Theme by Haydn (an orchestral music), Academic Festival and Tragic (overtures), German Requiem (choral music), Violin Concerto in D major. His later popular works includes Hungarian Dance No. 5 and the Lullaby.