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Swafford gives a great deal of attention to two formative experiences of young Brahms: 1. his childhood of poverty in Hamburg where he played as a pre-adolescent in dives frequented by prostitutes and sailors (this account has been questioned 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 future for him.
Swafford's book emphasizes Brahms's difficulties throghout life in forming a lasting, sexual relationship with a woman other than prostitutes. Brahms exhibited to sort of behavior towards women frequently 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 friendships with women threatened to become romantic. Yet women were the greatest source of inspiration to Brahms as a composer.Read more ›
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The Best biography of Johannes Brahms I've ever read! It brought one of the most mysterious figures of music to life for me and gave me an entirely new perspective on the man and a... Read morePublished 4 hours ago by Amazon Customer
It was a marvelous read, I've always loved his music, but this insight into his feeling the necessity to produce music worthy of those who preceded him explains why his works rise... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Gary Doyen
Very well written. A thorough biography of a very interesting person. It kept my interest throughout, which is pretty amazing considering how long and detailed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jean Lee
Full of important analysis for listeners and professionals.Published 3 months ago by Ruth Gustafson
Over 630 pages of great info on Brahms with photos and letters. it's a great deal to get through and it took me awhile, but what a wonderful way to really get to know Brahms other... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Paulinka de Rochemont
High quality biography, very detailed. The author writes well, and is not afraid to insert his own opinions (in moderation).Published 10 months ago by jon pollard
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