Johannes Brahms Timeline
Timeline Description: Johannes Brahms was a nineteenth century composer and pianist. He gave the world many beautiful songs, including several lullabies.

Date Event
May 7, 1833 Johannes is born

Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg Germany during the nineteenth century. He took on the family name, as his father was named Johann, and his mother Johanna.
1853 On tour

Johannes began composing at an early age, but it wasn't until he was twenty years old that people took notice. He went on a musical tour with famous violinist Eduard Remenyi.
1853 Brahms and Schumann(Late 1853)

Brahms met musician Robert Schumann while on tour. Schumann immediately recognized the talent in Brahms, and they became close.
1856 Schumann's death

Schumann was not well, and when he died Brahms began travelling between various musical positions. He worked in places like Hamburg and Lippe.
1858 Ava Maria

Brahms was famous for many of his compositions. One of his most famous was Ava Maria, which is still sung today.
1859 Piano Concerto No. 1

Brahms continued composing, and in 1859 he premiered his Piano Concerto No. 1. He played it solo.
1863 Vienna

After visiting the city the year before, Brahms became conductor of the Vienna Singakademie. He eventually settled in Vienna.
1868 Brahms' popularity grows

Brahms composed a choral called "A German Requiem". It premiered in Bremen, to much acclaim.
1868 Brahms' lullaby

Another of Brahms' popular songs was his Op. 49, No. 4, or as we know it today, Brahms' Lullaby. It is still sung to babies around the world today.
1877 Brahms is honored

The University of Cambridge sought to honor Brahms with an honorary doctorate of music. He turned them down, though he later accepted the same honor from the University of Breslau in 1879.
1889 Piano recording

Working with Theo Wangemann, Brahms composed the earliest known piano recording. He played the piano while Wangemann recorded the music on a device following designs of Thomas Edison's.
1890 An attempt at retirement

When Brahms was 57, he tried retiring from the world of music. However, he found it wasn't as easy as he thought, and he ended up composing many more songs.
1891 Other compositions

In 1891, Brahms composed Clarinet Quintet, and in 1894 he composed Clarinet Sonatas. Over the next few years he composed several more.
1897 Brahms' death

Brahms developed cancer and eventually died. He was 63, and buried in Vienna.
1918 Parry's tribute

A musician who was greatly inspired by Brahms, named Hubert Parry, wrote a tribute to Brahms. It was not performed until 1918, when Parry himself had died and was being remembered.






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