Johannes Brahms is one of the greatest composers in the Classical tradition, while also being strongly influenced by the Baroque composers who preceded him. He was born in Hamburg, Germany, but spent much of his career in Vienna. An accomplished player as well as composer, Brahms premiered many of his own works in his lifetime – a devout perfectionist, he also destroyed many others that were not up to his standards.
Brahms died in 1897, a month short of his 64th birthday. His music lives on, both for its own sake, and in the works of composers he influenced, such as Bartok, Dvorak and Elgar.