Thursday, August 2, 2007
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Those who enjoy their own emotionally bad health and who habitually fill their own minds with the rank poisons of suspicion, jealousy and hatred, as a rule take umbrage at those who refuse to do likewise, and they find a perverted relief in trying to denigrate them.
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Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg. He attracted the attention of Schumann and after Schumann's death he maintained a long friendship with his widow, the pianist Clara Schumann. Brahms eventually settled in Vienna, where to some he seemed the awaited successor to Beethoven. His blend of classicism in form with a romantic harmonic idiom made him the champion of those opposed to the musical innovations of Wagner and Liszt. In Vienna he came to occupy a position similar to that once held by Beethoven, his gruff idiosyncrasies tolerated by those who valued his genius. [Adapted from HNH International]