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Johannes Brahms - by Jan Swafford (Paperback)

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  • A New York Times Notable Book "This brilliant and magisterial book is a very good bet to...become the definitive study of Johannes Brahms.
  • About the Author: Jan Swafford lives in eastern Massachusetts.
  • 752 Pages
  • Biography + Autobiography, Music

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About the Book



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, and the fiercely self-protective man who thwarted future biographers by burning papers, scores, and notebooks late in his life. 22 photos.



Book Synopsis



A New York Times Notable Book

"This brilliant and magisterial book is a very good bet to...become the definitive study of Johannes Brahms."--The Plain Dealer

Judicious, compassionate, and full of insight into Brahms's human complexity as well as his music, Johannes Brahms is an indispensable biography.

Proclaimed the new messiah of Romanticism by Robert Schumann when he was only twenty, Johannes Brahms dedicated himself to a long and extraordinarily productive career. In 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 fiercely self-protective man who thwarted future 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--particularly 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 Standard

"It is a measure of the accomplishment of Jan Swafford's biography that Brahms's sadness becomes palpable.... [Swafford] manages to construct a full-bodied human being."--The New York Times Book Review



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Proclaimed the new messiah of Romanticism by Robert Schumann when he was only twenty, Johannes Brahms dedicated himself to a long and extraordinarily productive and creative career. In 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 fiercely self-protective man who thwarted future 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 -- particularly his longstanding relationship with Clara Schumann -- and on his professional rivalries with Liszt and Wagner. Judicious, compassionate, and full of insight into Brahms's human complexity as well as his music, Johannes Brahms is an indispensable biography.



Review Quotes




"A mighty attempt to integrate [Brahms's] puzzling persona ... with the human reality [of] Brahms's music.... Absorbing".

-- THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER



About the Author



Jan Swafford lives in eastern Massachusetts.
Dimensions (Overall): 8.04 Inches (H) x 5.24 Inches (W) x 1.48 Inches (D)
Weight: 1.51 Pounds
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 752
Genre: Biography + Autobiography
Sub-Genre: Music
Publisher: Vintage
Format: Paperback
Author: Jan Swafford
Language: English
Street Date: December 7, 1999
TCIN: 11961622
UPC: 9780679745822
Item Number (DPCI): 248-29-4625
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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