Johannes Brahms

Joahnnes Brahms (photo Tully Potter)
Born: 1833
Died: 1897

One of the giants of classical music, Brahms appeared to arrive fully armed, found a style in which he was comfortable – traditional structures and tonality in the German idiom – and stuck to it throughout his life. He was no innovator, preferring the logic of the symphony, sonata, fugue and variation forms.

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