Johannes Brahms


Country: Germany

Johannes Brahms active as a Romantic period German composer, pianist and conductor. Born into a Lutheran family in Hamburg, Brahms spent much of his career in Vienna, Austria. His reputation as a composer is such that he is sometimes grouped as one of the "Three Bs" of music with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven.

Johannes Brahms was born to a career musician, who worked as a string and wind player in the city of Hamburg. Johannes was born in 1833, he had a younger brother Fritz who also became a pianist. Johannes initially learnt music from his father, he learnt to play the violin and the basics of the cello. From the age of 7 years he studied piano with Otto Friedrich Willibald Cossel who complained that Brahms:

‘Could be such a good player, but he will not stop his never-ending composing.’

At 10 years of age Brahms made his concert debut, performing Beethoven's Quintet for piano and winds, Op. 16 , a piano quartet by Mozart, as well as a solo performance of an etude by Henri Herz. He finished a piano sonata in G minor in 1845, but his parents believed his prospects as a performer overshadowed his composing prowess.

Brahms wrote music for many settings, including piano concertos and symphonies. He was fond of Hungarian gypsy music and his Hungarian dances are amongst his most popular pieces. He also wrote arrangements for piano and voice of 144 German folk songs.

Free sheet music by Johannes Brahms