Romantic Music

Week 2: Johannes Brahms


1833-1897


The young Brahms was sent with a letter of recommendation to seek out Robert Schumann for composition lessions. After knocking on the door and presenting the letter to Robert Schumann, Robert asked the young Brahms to play something for him. As soon as Brahm began playing, Robert stopped him and then quickly went to the stairs and called out "Clara, come quickly! You’re going to hear music the like of which you’ve never heard before." They loved Brahms. He was invited to move in and became adopted Uncle Johannes to their children.