1833 — Johannes Brahms born

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.

Referenced in:

Green Onions — The Blues Brothers

1897 — Johannes Brahms dies

A composer of the Romantic school, Johannes Brahms in his 64 years associated with many of the other greats of his era, such as Liszt and Schumann. His works include a dozen sonatas, four symphonies, four concertos, a number of waltzes and a great number of variations, a form which he is particularly known for.

Brahms developed cancer of either the liver or the pancreas which eventually killed him. He is buried in the Zentralfriedhof of Vienna, where he lived in his last years.

Referenced in:

Green Onions — The Blues Brothers
Decomposing Composers — Monty Python