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Johannes Brahms

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If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon.

— Johannes Brahms

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A symphony is no joke.

— Johannes Brahms


Straight-away the ideas flow in upon me, directly from God, and not only do I see distinct themes in my mind's eye, but they are clothed in the right forms, harmonies, and orchestration.

— Johannes Brahms

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Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind.

— Johannes Brahms

#inspiration #mere #reed #shaken #wind

Composers in the old days used to keep strictly to the base of the theme, as their real subject. Beethoven varies the melody, harmony and rhythms so beautifully.

— Johannes Brahms

#beautifully #beethoven #composers #days #harmony

We cling nervously to the melody, but we don't handle it freely, we don't really make anything new out of it, we merely overload it.

— Johannes Brahms

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I sometimes ponder on variation form and it seems to me it ought to be more restrained, purer.

— Johannes Brahms

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It is not hard to compose, but what is fabulously hard is to leave the superfluous notes under the table.

— Johannes Brahms

#fabulously #hard #leave #notes #superfluous

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He began to compose quite early in life but later destroyed most copies of his first works; for instance Louise Japha a fellow-pupil of Marxsen reported a piano sonata that Brahms had played or improvised at the age of 11 had been destroyed. He destroyed many early works – including a Violin Sonata he had performed with Reményi and violinist Ferdinand David – and once claimed to have destroyed 20 string quartets before he issued his official First in 1873.  122 (1896).

He was a master of counterpoint the complex and highly disciplined art for which Johann Sebastian Bach is famous and of development a compositional ethos pioneered by Joseph Haydn Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Ludwig van Beethoven and other composers. Johannes Brahms (pronounced [joˈhanəs ˈbʁaːms]; 7 May 1833 – 3 April 1897) was a German composer and pianist. Many of his works have become staples of the modern concert repertoire.

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