New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 1997.
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.
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.
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.
LibraryThing member Mouldywarp
Superb - the best biography of a composer that I have read - and I have read many.