At the age of ten Johannes Brahms became known as a child prodigy at the piano in his hometown of Hamburg * Early works composed by 1853 include two Piano Sonatas (op.1 and 2) * On a concert tour, he met Schumann in Düsseldorf, who declared Brahms to be he "who was bound to come" * Failed with the first performance of his first "symphonic" Piano Concerto in Leipzig in 1859 Afterwards he composed Piano Quartets op.25 and 26, Piano Quintet op.34 From the fifties onwards he wrote numerous quartets, quintets and sextets for various instruments * From 1863, director of the Wiener Singakademie, 1872-75 directed the concerts of the Wiener Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde * In Vienna, composition of the Paganini Variations op.35, Symphony No.1, cantata-like choral compositions such as Triumphlied and Deutsches Requiem * 1877-79 Symphony No.2, Violin Sonata and Violin Concerto * 1883-85 Symphony No.3 and Symphony No.4 * In his final years he wrote a number of chamber-music works (piano, clarinet) and songs.
Works by Johannes Brahms include:
Haydn Variations op.56 (1873) for orchestra
Violin Concerto op.77 (1877-78)
Symphony No.4 op.98 (1884-85)
Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) op.54 (1871) for chorus and orchestra
"...once begun I never cool down over a work until it is perfected, unassailable." — Johannes Brahms