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Johannes Brahms

Johannes Brahms (German: [joˈhanəs ˈbʁaːms]; 7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer, pianist, and conductor of the Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, Brahms spent much of his professional life in Vienna. His reputation and status as a composer are such that he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.

Brahms composed for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, and voice and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with some of the leading performers of his time, including the pianist Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim (the three were close friends). Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire. An uncompromising perfectionist, Brahms destroyed some of his works and left others unpublished.

Brahms has been considered, by his contemporaries and by later writers, as both a traditionalist and an innovator. His music is firmly rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. While many contemporaries found his music too academic, his contribution and craftsmanship have been admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The diligent, highly constructed nature of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers. Embedded within his meticulous structures, however, are deeply romantic motifs.

Birth and Death Data: Born May 7th, 1833 (Hamburg), Died April 3rd, 1897 (Vienna)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger

Recordings (Results 1-25 of 470 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor A-336 7-in. 8/24/1903 Hungarian dance Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor B-336 10-in. 8/24/1903 Hungarian dance Sousa's Band Band composer  
Victor A-798 7-in. 12/9/1903 Hungarian dance no. 5 Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor B-798 10-in. 12/9/1903 Hungarian dance no. 5 Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-798 12-in. 12/9/1903 Hungarian dance no. 5 Arthur Pryor's Band Band composer  
Victor C-3015 12-in. 1/17/1906 Sapphische Ode Ernestine Schumann-Heink Contralto vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-3015 10-in. 10/5/1923 Sapphische Ode Ernestine Schumann-Heink Contralto vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-3826 10-in. 9/21/1906 Wiegenlied Ernestine Schumann-Heink Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-6207 12-in. 5/19/1908 Als die Alte Mutter Emma Eames Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-7003 10-in. 4/16/1909 Minnelied George Hamlin Tenor vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8104 10-in. 7/13/1909 Hungarian dance no. 3 Howard Rattay Violin solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor B-8294 10-in. 10/11/1909 Sapphische ode Louise Homer Contralto vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor BB-8653 10-in. 2/23/1910 Hungarian dance Victor Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Victor B-8714 10-in. 3/14/1910 Lullaby Mendelssohn Glee Club Male vocal chorus composer  
Victor B-8969 10-in. 5/18/1910 Hungarian dance in G minor Fritz Kreisler Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-10200 10-in. 4/6/1911 Cradle song Michele Rinaldi ; Vessella's Italian Band Cornet solo, with band composer  
Victor B-10255 10-in. 5/2/1911 Cradle song Elizabeth Wheeler Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-10505 12-in. 6/2/1911 Sapphische ode Alice Sovereign Contralto vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-10538 10-in. 6/15/1911 Hungarian dance Maud Powell Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-11087 10-in. 10/12/1911 Hungarian dance in D minor Maud Powell Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor C-11298 12-in. 11/22/1911 Hungarian dance no. 20, D minor Efrem Zimbalist Violin solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-11530 10-in. 1/30/1912 Auf dem Kirchhofe Johanna Gadski Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-11636 10-in. 2/28/1912 Mein Madel hat einen Rosenmund Arthur Van Eweyk Male vocal solo, with piano composer  
Victor B-12379 10-in. 9/18/1912 Lullaby Elsie Baker Female vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Victor C-12929 12-in. 2/19/1913 Rhapsodie Luisa Tetrazzini Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra and cello obbligato composer  
(Results 1-25 of 470 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brahms, Johannes," accessed August 2, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102425.

Brahms, Johannes. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102425.

"Brahms, Johannes." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 2 August 2021.

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