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Johannes Brahms: A Biography
by Jan Swafford
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0679745823, Paperback)The brilliant biographer of a quintessentially American, prototypically modern musician (Charles Ives) proves just as masterful in probing the life and art of a 19th-century German composer. Writing with passionate clarity that perfectly matches the genius of Brahms (1833-97), Jan Swafford traces the emotional wellsprings of this secretive man's music without trivializing art into mere autobiography. A composer himself, Swafford understands and lucidly conveys Brahms's unique position in musical history: beloved by many, emulated by few, the triumphant yet melancholy heir of a tradition coming to an end in his lifetime.
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A biography of Johannes Brahms who hoped to leave only his music as his legacy. The author presents the contradictions of the composer's life, the "secondary characters," the triumphs and failures, and the two cities most important to Brahms: Hamburg and Vienna.
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