Profession: Composer and Conductor
Why Famous: Brahms is renowned as a composer and pianist, premiering many of his own works. Much of his oeuvre has since become a staple in the many areas in which he worked—symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, piano, organ, etc.
Stylistically, Brahms' compositions were classically rooted and yet innovative and carefully constructed. He has had a lasting influence on a broad spectrum of composers, from traditionalists to modernists alike.
- 1859-01-22 Johannes Brahms' 1st piano concerto (in D minor) premieres in Hanover
- 1859-03-28 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' 1st Serenade for orchestra
- 1860-02-10 Johannes Brahms' 2nd Serenade in A, premieres
- 1868-04-10 1st performance of Johannes Brahms' "A German Requiem"
- 1869-10-06 Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Walzer" premieres
- 1876-11-04 Johannes Brahms' 1st Symphony in C premieres in Karlsruhe, Grand Duchy of Baden
- 1877-12-30 Johannes Brahms' 2nd Symphony in D, premieres in Vienna
- 1879-01-01 Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major premieres in Leipzig
- 1879-12-26 Johannes Brahms' "Tragic Ouverture" premieres
- 1881-01-04 Johannes Brahms' "Academic Festival Overture" premieres in Breslau
- 1882-12-10 Johannes Brahms' "Gesang der Parzen" (Song of the Fates) premieres
- 1883-12-02 Johannes Brahms' "3rd Symphony in F" premieres with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
- 1885-10-25 Johannes Brahms' 4th Symphony in E premieres