Brahms was almost certainly influenced by the technological development of the piano, which reached essentially its modern form during his lifetime.
A devout student of the Bible, Brahms had little patience for the doctrines and rituals of the church, and spoke provocatively of his humanistic credo.
Brahms is buried in the Zentralfriedhof in Vienna.
Hans von Bulow was a close friend and supporter, and enabled Brahms to hear many of his works with the use of an orchestra.
Later, Brahms wrote settings for piano and voice for 144 German folk songs, and many of his lieder reflect folk themes or depict scenes of rural life.
Brahms also wrote a great deal of work for small ensembles.
Subsequently, in 1872, Brahms conducted the Vienna Gesellschaftskonzerte, but stayed there for only another year.
Brahms was a vibrant and prolific composer who often utilized classical forms (symphony, concerto, sonata) in his compositions, eschewing the more popular genres of opera and symphonic poems.
Brahms was considered by many to be the "successor" to Beethoven, and his first symphony was described by Hans von Bьlow as “Beethoven's tenth symphony,” a sobriquet that continues to be used today.
Brahms venerated Beethoven, perhaps even more than the other Romantic composers did.
In 1890, the 57-year-old Brahms resolved to give up composing.
Brahms also became acquainted with the composer and pianist Clara, Robert Schumann's wife, who was 14 years his senior.
Remйnyi was, however, offended by Brahms' failure to praise Liszt's Sonata in B Minor wholeheartedly on a visit to the Court of Weimar where Liszt was the court musician.
Brahms was likewise generous, living simply, giving his time to others, and sharing his growing wealth liberally.
Perhaps the greatest tribute that Brahms could pay to Strauss was his remark that he would have given anything to have written The Blue Danube waltz.
Brahms never wrote an opera, nor did he ever write in the characteristic nineteenth-century form of the tone poem.
Johannes Brahms (May 7, 1833 – April 3, 1897) was a German composer from what is known as the Romantic period, who predominantly lived in Vienna, Austria.
An anecdote dating around the time Brahms became acquainted with Strauss is that the former cheekily inscribed the words “alas, not by Brahms!” on the autograph score of the famous Blue Danube waltz.
Nevertheless, Brahms recognized a transcendent source for his musical inspiration.
Brahms frequently traveled in northern and central Europe, both for business (concert tours) and pleasure.
The young Brahms gave few public concerts and did not become well known as a pianist until later in his life.
Brahms was a a devout student of the Bible, if unconventional in his beliefs.
Brahms even struggled to get to the Theater an der Wien in Vienna for Strauss' premiere of the operetta Die Gцttin der Vernunft in 1897, before his death.
Another factor that contributed to Brahms's perfectionism was that Schumann had announced early on that Brahms was to become the next great composer like Beethoven, a prediction that Brahms was determined to live up to.
Starting in the 1860s, when his works sold widely, Brahms was financially quite successful.
Brahms also loved the earlier classical composers Mozart and Haydn.
Brahms' first symphony appeared to carry forth on a strong classical framework and critics dubbed Brahms as the next Beethoven.
Joachim, however, was to become one of his closest friends, and Schumann, through articles championing the young Brahms, played an important role in alerting the public to the young man's compositions.
Brahms's affection for the classical period may also be reflected in his choice of genres: he favored the classical forms of the sonata, symphony, and concerto, and frequently composed movements in sonata form.
Johannes Brahms is ranked among the greatest composers of Western orchestral music.
Brahms is also considered to be among the greatest of composers of lieder, of which he wrote about 200.
Brahms often felt that obtaining official positions would gain him more respectability.
A quite different influence on Brahms was folk music.
The last is notable in not being a traditional, liturgical requiem (Missa pro defunctis), but a setting of texts which Brahms selected from the Luther Bible.
Brahms, unfortunately, fell asleep during the performance of the piano sonata, a recently composed work.
An avid outdoorsman, Brahms often turned to nature for ideas and inspiration, and much of his music "rose from mountains and forests and open sky," writes biographer Jan Swafford.