Johannes Brahms

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  • Mark E. Bell (Lake Forest College )

That Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg (on the 7th May 1833) and died in Vienna (on the 3rdApril 1897) has meaning beyond the mere citation of dates and place names. We have become accustomed to thinking of Brahms as the cosmopolitan performer-conductor-composer who moved easily in the musical circles of Leipzig, Mannheim and Vienna, and who composed during vacations in Switzerland, Austria and Italy. There is no question that Brahms was drawn to the south and spent most of his professional life there. It is impossible, however, to understand Brahms the composer, and the performer, without taking into account his north German cultural heritage. Such a birthright carried with it generosity, precision,

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Bell, Mark E.. "Johannes Brahms". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 August 2005
[, accessed 30 September 2016.]