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Johannes Brahms 1833 - 1897

BRAHMS: If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon
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Violin Concerto in D Major
Violin Concerto
in D Major
Johannes Brahms His father played the French horn in the militia band in Hamburg.  By the age of ten he showed an extraordinary talent as a pianist and an American impressario offered him a tour in the United States; but his teacher wisely refused this.  He left school at fifteen to earn money, doing occasional concerts and arranging popular music for publishers.

His breakthrough came in 1853 at the age of twenty, when the Hungarian violinist, Eduard Remenyi, offered him a concert tour.  He met Robert and Clara Schumann.  Schumann had a mental breakdown the following year.  Brahms showed his deep concern for the Schumann family and was at Clara's side during this difficult period.

When Robert died in 1856, Brahms made it known that he was very much in love with her, but they decided not to spend their lives together.  In nearly all of his pieces, from this time on, there is a mood of heartfelt emotional yearning, rarely equalled by other composers
BRAHMS: Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration.
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