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Johannes Brahms- Romantic Period

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Grace Tackett

on 18 October 2017

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Transcript of Johannes Brahms- Romantic Period

Brahms life:
Brahms wealth inspired him to give money to friends and young musical students.
He was considered a perfectionist because he would destroy pieces of music he deemed unworthy.
Around 1896, Brahms discovered that his health was getting worse as his liver was in poor condition.
In March of 1897, he gave his last performance in Vienna and then died a month later from complications due to cancer.
Most famous work- "Brahms Lullaby"
Brahms wrote this melody for a former women's choir member, Bertha Faber after she had her second son.
He composed the song in a way that the woman used to sing to him while he conducted the women's choir in Hamburg.
"Brahms Lullaby"
"Brahms Lullaby" is also called "Wiegenlied."
"Hungarian Dance No. 5 in G Minor"
The dynamic is mezzo forte, although the volume may go higher or lower depending on the tempo. 
The tempo starts out allegro but it varies. It can go from allegro to andante then back to allegro.
The timbre is different instruments in the string family.
Brahms’s familiarity with piano four-hands music and his exposure to authentic Hungarian dances led him to try his hand at composing Hungarian-style pieces, for which he knew there would be a ready-made audience.
"Waltz"
There are 16 sets of Waltz.
The dynamic is piano because it is made to sound smooth and calm. While having a soft volume, the tempo is andante. The timbre consists mainly the violin in the string instrument family.
The Waltzes are a tribute to both the dance form for which Vienna had become famous and the music of Schubert, one of Vienna's native sons.
Brahm's life:
He was considered a master of symphonic style of the second half of the 19th century and was viewed as a protagonist of the Classical tradition of other famous composers like Mozart and Beethoven.
He met a german composer Robert Schumann and Schumann helped Brahms become famous.
There was a rumor that Brahms had an affair with Schumann's wife. But, he ended up not marrying anyone and only had small love interests.
He moved to Vienna in the 1860s and remained there till death.
Johannes Brahms- Romantic Period
Impact of Brahms's influence on Romantic Period:
All of Brahms pieces were composed by himself.
His music accompanied the rapid growth of individualism during this time.
He was a traditionalist whose control of rhythm and movement made him different from other composers during his time.
His choral writing combines the commonsense solidity of Handel’s music with a skill worthy of Bach but his writings still remain independent.
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