A New York Times Outstanding Book

“This sensible and magisterial E-book is an excellent wager to…turn out to be the definitive examine of Johannes Brahms.”–The Simple Dealer

Judicious, compassionate, and stuffed with perception into Brahms’s human complexity in addition to his song, Johannes Brahms is an crucial biography.

Proclaimed the brand new messiah of Romanticism through Robert Schumann whilst he used to be simplest twenty, Johannes Brahms devoted himself to a protracted and extremely effective profession.  On this E-book, Jan Swafford units out to show the little-identified Brahms, the boy who grew up in mercantile Hamburg and performed piano in beer halls amongst prostitutes and drunken sailors, the fiercely self-protecting guy who thwarted long run biographers through burning papers, rankings and notebooks past due in his lifestyles.  Making unheard of use of the rest archival subject matter, Swafford gives richly increased views on Brahms’s formative years, on his tough romantic lifestyles–specifically his longstanding courting with Clara Schumann–and on his skilled competition with Lizst and Wagner.  

“[Johannes Brahms] will unquestionably stand because the definitive paintings on Brahms, one of the most enormous biographies in all the musical library.”–London Weekly Standard

“This can be a degree of the accomplishment of Jan Swafford’s biography that Brahms’s unhappiness turns into palpable…. [Swafford] manages to build an entire-bodied individual.”–The New York Instances E-book Review