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Jan Swafford ☆ 3 ree readOse who need to be sure that the information they are getting "is absolutely correct they will have to approach a good reference librarian "absolutely correct they will have to approach a good reference librarian recommend an academic rather than a popular biography This lengthy biography was an endlessly Probability Statistics, Books a la Carte Edition fascinating read Swaffordocuses on Brahms life psychology and relationships than on analyses of his compositional techniue and development There is a lot of detail here but the prose never bogs down Swafford has a great deal of insight
into Brahms motivations and his position as a relatively conservative yet daring composer caught between the waning of Romanticism and theBrahms motivations and his position as a relatively conservative yet daring composer caught between the waning of Romanticism and the of modernism The analysis and discussion of Brahms music that does appear in the text makes the latter clear and helps to explain the richness in in these piecesHe also has a very clear eye regarding his subject portraying Brahms as a complex person with The Laughing Hangman (Nicholas Bracewell, flaws that often caused conflict with and even estrangementrom even his closest Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves (Jeeves, friends and with virtues that drew people to him and cemented life longriendships I particularly enjoyed the examination of his relationship with Clara Schumann which spanned On the Plains four decades and wasoundational to Brahms personal and professional life I ound this a very well researched and readable biography of one of the greatest composers of his generation and the last of the 3 B s of classical music Johannes Brahms Mr Swafford looks a Brahms life rom his childhood in Hamburg through to his death in Vienna In telling his story the author looks at his loves rivalries his penchant or brutal honesty and even his agnosticism His the preface the author states that writing a biography of Brahms is difficult than some of the others he has written because Brahms did everything in his power to destroy the raw material of a biographer He destroyed all the letters he had in his possession and any others that he sent that he could convince the recipients to return all of his "working material or his compositions and much of " material or his compositions and much of early work that he considered not up to his standards In spite of these handicaps I The Cursed Dragon Armor (Dragon Hero, found this an excellent look at man his methods and his legacyThe son of a horn player Brahms started in the music business early He played piano in the cabaretsbrothels of the port of Hamburg as a preteen The author give credence to the stories that he was molested by the ladies employed by those establishments and speculates that this might have been the basis of his not being able toorm a lasting romantic relationship That said Mr Swafford does look at the ladies that had influence his life The most important being the wifewidow of his patron Robert Schumann ClaraIn telling the story of their life long relationship the author speculates that their love never became physical and in spite of that Clara was the love of his life Even after the romantic aspect Stalker faded they maintained a strongriendship til her death Along with her husband she was one of his earliest and most ardent backers The author makes the point that he was the rock she could rely on as her husband descended into madness and an early death Clara was a renowned pianist in her own right and often premiered his compositions and built her repertoire around them In addition to Clara the author speculates on the other romantic interests in his life and his inability to move rom a respectable courtship to marriage That is not to say he was gay he apparently was a regular patron of the ladies of the evening in what ever town he happened to be livingMr Swafford also looks at his rivalry with the other two masters of the time Franz Liszt and Richard Wagner The author states that Brahms was a devotee of the classical school of Beethoven Bach and Mozart and detested the New German School of Liszt Wagner and there devotees That said he apparently was on good personal terms with themOne other aspect of Brahms that Mr Swafford explores is his irascibility To say he was blunt in his dealing with others is to put it kindly He would not humor people If someone asked his opinion on their composition or playing ability riend or not he would tell them exactly what he thought This led to much tension in his i Swafford s Biography Of BrahmsI read Jan Swafford s monumental 1997 biography of Johannes Brahms 1833 1897 after reading his biography of the American composer Charles Ives and af. N 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 North American Spies fiercely self protective man who thwarteduture 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 part. ,
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The Greatest Composers Of Allgreatest composers of all He wrote 4 beautiful symphonies all of which I have listened to and loved My Che Guevara favorite piece by Brahms would probably be the Piano uintet in F minor because it is very dramatic Theiery elegance of the "piece will take your breath away A very nicely paced narrative of a great and interesting man and "will take your breath away A very nicely paced narrative "of a great and interesting man and times Because of the " a great and interesting man and times Because of the of the author and his respect or his subject I became 21st Century Corporate Citizenship filled with enthusiasmor Brahms and listened to a lot of his music I travelled through his life with him De Koersk - De dodelijke reis van een kernonderzeeër from Opus 1 on About half the music was new to me thank you YouTube Though I m an amateur almost all the musical analysis was accessible and helpful I loved Swafford s way with words movingly highlown just where I wanted it to be and dry to the appropriate degree at just the right moments I don t read many biographies and I m not sure why I picked this up but I immediately liked the book especially as it was written by a musician The portions of the book that Sweet Bags focus on the music areabulous even with my limited understanding and I believe the author writes about the music the way that Brahms was intended to be appreciatedHowever the rest as the book goes on descends into tedium The problem really is that Brahm s life is too long and too large and the author having set a standard England in America, 1580-1652 for event reporting just has too much to report and can t step back As a result I became distantrom the author and Battle Scars: A Story of War and All That Follows from Brahms hi Schroder I like Beethoven But Brahms makes me glad I m alive I think I ll go home and listen to Brahms Fourth I have the need to have theeeling that it s good to be aliveCharlie Brown I know what you mean That s a terrible The Economics Of Business Enterprise feeling to have the need of having theeeling of havingCharles M Schulz PeanutsSwafford combines the skills of a biographer musician and historian to provide a vivid portrait of Johannes Brahms his music the people he knew and the world in which they lived Highly recommended especially Comparative Contract Law, Second Edition for those who like Schroder and me have an affinityor this composer and the occasional need to have the Breakfast with Anglo feeling that it s good to be alive I would tentatively recommend this biography While it certainly is very long and definitely not lacking in detail some of that extraordinary amount of detail is not correct For instance on page 48 he describes insurrections taking place in several countries including Czechoslovakia in 1848 In reality Czechoslovakia did not come into existence until 1918 some 70 years later What country did he mean While some people mayeel that this is a small point the author makes reference in his introduction to a number of other errors being pointed out to him since it was published in hard cover This is not goodIn addition the author mentions the Frauenchor women s choir that Brahms directed while at the same time as mentioning Brahms Marienlieder While it is not made clear that there is no connection between the work and the choir their being mentioned together indicates that the Marienlieder was written One Big Damn Puzzler for women s voices alone when inact it was written Landscapes of Communism for mixed choir This is never made clear Then the author goes on to mention that Brahms eventually wrote six Marienlieder when inact it was seven These are not state secrets being held in an obscure archive at an obscure university in Bad Ischl they are readily available and uantifiable basic NORJAK facts that the author did not bother to either make clear or verify These and otheraux pas bring into uestion his research abilities or rather those of his assistants and how ar he can be trusted despite him often citing his sourcesOn the plus side there are ew writers who have such a tremendous command of the English language and write as powerfully as Swafford can I The Outside found it oftenascinating to read If nothing else his tome helped me to appreciate Brahms music than before In addition Swafford points out that one of the reasons Loving James (Surviving Elite High, for the lowering of musical standards amongst composers and others is theact that people don t play two piano or our hand one piano renditions of important works any due to the rise of the gramophone and now the compact disc player At times his insights are exceptionalThe problem with composer biographies is that those whose research abilities are impeccable rarely have good writing skills and vice versa For th. A New York Times Notable BookThis brilliant and magisterial book is a very good bet tobecome the definitive study of Johannes Brahms The Plain DealerJudicious compassionate and ull of insight into Brahms's human complexity as well as his music Johannes Brahms is an indispensable biographyProclaimed the new messiah of Romanticism by Robert Schumann when he was only twenty Johannes Brahms dedicated himself to a long and extraordinarily productive career I. ,
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Of Brahms By Malcolm MacDonaldBrahms by Malcolm MacDonald has written an outstanding biography of Brahms and a through perceptive consideration of his music But greater than either of these accomplishments his book brings "Brahms and late nineteenth century Vienna to life Swafford has given a great deal of thought to "and late nineteenth century Vienna to life Swafford has given a great deal of thought to and his book helped me think about the nature of creative gifts about the relationship between love and calling and about many matters that are much broader than either biography or musicSwafford gives a great deal of attention to two I See Rude People formative experiences of young Brahms 1 his childhood of poverty in Hamburg where he played as a pre adolescent in divesreuented by prostitutes and sailors this account has been uestioned by some writers and 2 Robert Schumann s article about Brahms at the age of 20 heralding the young man as the heir to Beethoven and predicting a brilliant HVAC Design Sourcebook futureor himSwafford s book emphasizes Brahms difficulties throughout life in Melvin Menchers News Reporting and Writing forming a lasting sexual relationship with a woman other than prostitutes Brahms exhibited to sort of behavior towards womenreuently described in terms of The Virgin and the Whore Brahms could only be physically intimate with women he did not respect Thus Brahms ultimately rejected the romantic opportunities that came his way in the persons of Clara Schumann and Agathe von Siebold among other women He withdrew into a protective shell when The Far Dawn (The Atlanteans, friendships with women threatened to become romantic Yet women were the greatest source of inspiration to Brahms as a composer He poured into his music what he denied himself as a man A crustyigure Brahms was difficult to know intimately particularly by womenThe article by Robert Schumann made Brahms Ormen i Essex famousrom the age of twenty before he had done much Great things were expected of Brahms but Schumann s praise burdened the Bare It All (Love Undercover, fledgling composer with theear that he would disappoint Schumann s hopes in him Brahms worked slowly and became an astonishing musical craftsman but he elt he had to justify Schumann s confidence as well as meet the standards of the great composers of the past especially BeethovenThere is a wealth of discussion in this book of Brahms relationships with both Clara and Robert Schumann their daughter Julie the violinist Joachim the critic Hanslick Liszt Wagner Bruckner Mahler and many others The book is set in the last years of liberal Vienna and Swafford poignantly draws the relationship between Brahms s music and the rise of irrationality anti Semitism and violence that would soon plague the Twentieth CenturyI ound Swafford s discussions of Brahms music highly insightful It is less detailed perhaps than Malcolm MacMacDonald s study which discusses virtually every work of Brahms but there is ample material here to An Elusive Victorian form a basisor an exploration and appreciation of Brahms works Brahms romanticism and his musical A Bird in the House formalism and learning are well explored and tied in with a consideration of his major compositions Swafford s most thorough musical discussions are of theour symphonies and he tends to move uicker over Brahms s songs This was also the case in Swafford s book on IvesI elt I got to know Brahms in spite of himself in this book Brahms devoted himself wholeheartedly to his art and in the process lost a great deal of the value of human love and human sexual closeness It was and remains a difficult exchange More than encouraging the reader to get to know and love Brahms s music Swafford s biography will help the reader think about and try to compassionately understand peopleRobin Friedman This is by
Far The Best Biographythe best biography any composer I have read It not only presented interesting information about Brahms the man it also presented concurrent and detailed analysis of some of his seminal works As I was reading I would go ind a youtube recording and immediately not only see but hear was I was reading about My understanding and appreciation of Brahms the person and the breadth of his composition has been enhanced many The Last Imaginary Place fold A marvelously readable and balanced biography I enjoyed it thoroughly My brother and sister in law both highly trained musicians that read will get the parts I missed where Swafford illustrates a point about the music by printing out a section of various scores Still even if you cannot do this it s a worthwhile read. Icularly 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 StandardIt is a measure of the accomplishment of Jan Swafford's biography that Brahms's sadness becomes palpable Swafford manages to construct aull bodied human being The New York Times Book Revie. .