Virtuoso pianist whose oeuvre included chamber ensembles, symphony orchestras, and vocal and choral pieces.
He played music in brothels as a child to help keep his family afloat financially.
He sought to fuse his musical works with both the purity of German compositions and the Romantic sensibilities of his era.
He was the child of Johann Jakob Brahms, who tried to seek out a career as the town musician, and seamstress Johanna Henrika Christiane Nissen.
He is often grouped by historians under the title the "Three Bs," alongside Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig Van Beethoven.
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