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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 mid-Romantic period. Born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, he spent much of his professional life in Vienna. 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is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the "Three Bs" of music, a comment originally made by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow.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, voice, and chorus. A virtuoso pianist, he premiered many of his own works. He worked with 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.

Brahms has been considered both a traditionalist and an innovator, by his contemporaries and by later writers. His music is rooted in the structures and compositional techniques of the Classical masters. Embedded within those structures are deeply Romantic motifs. While some contemporaries found his music to be overly academic, his contribution and craftsmanship were admired by subsequent figures as diverse as Arnold Schoenberg and Edward Elgar. The detailed construction of Brahms's works was a starting point and an inspiration for a generation of composers.

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

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1901 - 1951

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, arranger

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Recordings (Results 551-559 of 559 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca DLA 2399 10-in. 5/23/1941 Lullaby Bing Crosby composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WF659 10-in. between July and September 1929 Wiegenlied Jo Vincent Soprano vocal solo, with piano composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL886 10-in. 2/11/1928 Valtz René Bénédetti ; Maurice Faure Violin solo, with piano composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL1630 10-in. 5/11/1929 Danse hongroise n° 5 Orchestre à plectre de Paris Guitar and mandolin ensemble composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL1631 10-in. 5/11/1929 Danse hongroise n° 6 Orchestre à plectre de Paris Guitar and mandolin ensemble composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL1741 10-in. 6/16/1929 Gavotte Ricardo Viñes Piano solo arranger  
Columbia (U.K.) WL1770 10-in. between June 20 and 24 1929 Danse hongroise no. 5 Pierre Dupont ; Garde Républicaine Band Band composer  
Columbia (U.K.) WL3621 10-in. between February 7 and April 6 1932 Danse hongroise no. 1 Bronislaw Huberman ; Siegfried Schultze Violin solo, with piano composer  
Columbia (U.K.) CL8243 10-in. 11/6/1946 Loin de ton cœur Raymond Legrand ; Tino Rossi Male vocal solo, with instrumental ensemble composer  
(Results 551-559 of 559 records)


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