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Johannes Brahms A Biography (Paperback)

Author:  Jan Swafford
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0679745823
ISBN-13: 9780679745822
Sku: 30524303
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Sales Rank: 78712
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 8H x 5.25L x 1T
Pages:  752
Age Range:  NA
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A new biography of the great composer reveals an intensely private man who emerged from mercantile Hamburg, where he once played piano for raucous crowds of prostitutes and drunken sailors, to be proclaimed the new messiah of Romanticism by Robert Schumann. Reprint. 12,500 first printing. *Author: Swafford, Jan *Subtitle: A Biography *Publication Date: 1999/12/01 *Number of Pages: 699 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00
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A new biography of the great composer reveals an intensely private man who emerged from mercantile Hamburg, where he once played piano for raucous crowds of prostitutes and drunken sailors, to be proclaimed the new messiah of Romanticism by Robert Schumann.A New York Times Notable Book

"This brilliant and magisterial book is a very good bet to...become the definitive study of Johannes Brahms."--The Plain Dealer

Judicious, compassionate, and full of insight into Brahms's human complexity as well as his music, Johannes Brahms is an indispensable biography.

Proclaimed the new messiah of Romanticism by Robert Schumann when he was only twenty, Johannes Brahms dedicated himself to a long and extraordinarily productive career.  In this book, Jan Swafford sets out to reveal the little-known Brahms, the boy who grew up in mercantile Hamburg and played piano in beer halls among prostitutes and drunken sailors, the fiercely self-protective man who thwarted future biographers by burning papers, scores and notebooks late in his life.  Making unprecedented use of the remaining archival material, Swafford offers richly expanded perspectives on Brahms's youth, on his difficult romantic life--particularly his longstanding relationship with Clara Schumann--and on his professional rivalry with Lizst and Wagner.  

"[Johannes Brahms] will no doubt stand as the definitive work on Brahms, one of the monumental biographies in the entire musical library."--London Weekly Standard

"It is a measure of the accomplishment of Jan Swafford's biography that Brahms's sadness becomes palpable.... [Swafford] manages to construct a full-bodied human being."--The New York Times Book ReviewA biography of the nineteenth-century German composer looks at his daily life, his associates--including his relationships with Robert Schumann, Clara Shumann, Richard Wagner, and Eduard Hanslick--and his achievements as a composer
Annotation:
A biography of the famed 19th-century German composer, written by the biographer of Charles Ives. A "New York Times" Notable Book for 1998.

Praise

New Yorker
"...an elegy for a composer whose phenomenal public success could never divert him from a life of deliberate loneliness." 04/06/1998

Literary Review
"Initially, perhaps Brahms might have sought a hiding-place from Swafford's vast comprehensiveness, but he would surely in the end have been persuaded to acknowledge with delight the honour done him by this handsomest of tributes." - Jonathan Keates June 1998

Publishers Weekly
"Swafford's study, clearly a labor of profound affection, is a model biography: eloquent, clear-sighted and often moving." 08/18/1997

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