Johannes Brahms: A Biographical Sketch (Cambridge Library Collection - Music) by Rosa Newmarch
English | July 20, 2009 | ISBN: 1108004792 | 176 Pages | PDF | 4 MB
Hermann Deiters (1833-1907) first met Brahms in 1856, and became an enthusiastic supporter of his work. This 'biographical sketch' was published in English in 1888, edited by J. A. Fuller Maitland, the English musicologist whose Schumann in the Novello 'Great Musicians' series and Masters of German Music are also reissued in this series. Brahms was still alive and composing at this time: the book consists of a short account of his life followed by a critical review of all his works up to 1887.
The preface states: 'That Johannes Brahms is by far the greatest composer of our time will not be contested by any musician whose claim to an opinion is based on an exhaustive knowledge of his works. Brahms has a place in the line of supreme masters in the craft of music, that line which stretches down without interruption through Palestrina, from a far earlier time.'