Brahms, Johannes (1833–1897)

Brahms silhouette

A silhouette of Brahms shows him going off to his favorite tavern, 'The Sign of the Red Hedgehog'.

Johannes Brahms was a late Romantic German composer who revitalized the tradition of classical forms that had culminated in Beethoven. Brahm's use of traditional devices such as the harmonic sequence and counterpoint, his emphasis on colorful harmony in structure and not only for effect, the stringent unity he sought within music, the independence of his pieces from poetic or literary interpretations, all show classical qualities. These, combined with his expansive rhythmic and lyrical romanticism – as in his songs – produced musical tension that is rich in feeling.