Johannes Brahms: A Biography


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In an expansive study Johannes Brahms emerges from Jan Swafford's book is not a bearded eminence but rather an assemblage of contradictions. He grew up in grinding poverty and as a teenager was forced to play the piano in brothels. Recognized by his teachers as a stupendous talent, Robert Schumann proclaimed Brahms at only twenty-years-old to be the saviour of German music. Brahms spent the rest of his life living up to the that prophecy. He experienced triumphs few artists have enjoyed in their lifetime, yet lived with a ...

Johannes Brahms: A Biography 1999, Vintage, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780679745822

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Johannes Brahms: A Biography 1998, Macmillan, London

ISBN-13: 9780333596623


Johannes Brahms: A Biography 1997, Alfred A. Knopf, New York, NY

ISBN-13: 9780679422617