Brahms - About the Composer

Johannes Brahms  was born May 7, 1833 and died April 3, 1897.  He was a German composer and pianist, and one of the leading musicians of the Romantic Period. Brahms was born 7 years after Beethoven died, but, with Brahms and Beethoven, is considered to be one of the “Three B’s.”

Brahms is a true success story.  He grew up in a very poor family.  His father gave him his first music lessons, and he started taking piano lessons from a new teacher when he was 7.  When he was 19 he gave a concert tour that made him famous.

Due to his family being very poor, when he was a child young Johannes played piano at dance halls -- the equivalent of a seedy bar today -- for a little money which he used to help support his family. 

As a teenager Johannes conducted choirs and chamber music ensembles, and throughout his life he conducted and played the music he composed. He was a handsome young man, and he was a popular musician during his lifetime.  Think of him as the Paul McCartney of the Romantic Period!

This young man grew up to be one of the most respected and admired musician of the Romantic age.  He was a great pianist and performed with the most famous musicians of his time. 

Now, over a hundred years after his death, his music is famous throughout the world.

Hows that for making it?

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