Johannes Brahms : a biography

by Jan Swafford

Paper Book, 1997




New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.


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.

User reviews

LibraryThing member Maggie_Foote
This is one of the best biographies of a composer that I have ever read. Swafford's writing is excellent, his scholarship is thorough, he treats his subject with care, and shows Brahms's strengths and frailities. Swafford also provides a fascinating portrait of the Germany and the Vienna of Brahms. A great book about a great composer.… (more)
LibraryThing member BooksForDinner
An excellent piece of work. Solid research, interesting ideas, and an easy to read, conversational writing style. I like that Swafford stands firm on his assertions that Brahms was indeed shaped by his experiences playing in bars and brothers as a child. It has become somewhat fashionable to state that this is more mythology than fact, but afford doubles down and stands by his research in the new edition.… (more)
LibraryThing member Mouldywarp
Superb - the best biography of a composer that I have read - and I have read many.


Page: 0.2301 seconds