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Johannes Brahms: A Biography
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Vintage Books
Publication date December 1, 1999
Pages 699
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780679745822
ISBN-10 0679745823
Dimensions 1 by 5.25 by 8 in.
Weight 1.55 lbs.
Original list price $22.00
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Summaries and Reviews
Summary
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.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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 Review

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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780679422617
 
from Alfred a Knopf Inc (October 1, 1997)
9780679422617 | details & prices | 699 pages | 6.75 × 9.75 × 2.00 in. | 2.70 lbs | List price $40.00
About: A 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
Paperback
Book cover for 9780679745822
 
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from Vintage Books (December 1, 1999)
9780679745822 | details & prices | 699 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.55 lbs | List price $22.00
About: A 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

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