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Brahms, Johannes (1833–1897)

  1. Philip Stoltzfus

Published Online: 25 NOV 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470670606.wbecc0185

The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization

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Stoltzfus, P. 2011. Brahms, Johannes (1833–1897). The Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. .

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 NOV 2011


German composer representative of the Romantic temperament in 19th century music, Brahms is known for his expansive symphonic and chamber music, intimate songs and piano pieces, and choral works.


  • Brahms, Johannes (1833–1897);
  • German composer, of the romantic temperament;
  • sacred work, A German requiem;
  • Brahms’ religious sensibility, matter for debate;
  • closer, to mildly agnostic position;
  • the requiem, Brahms' humanistic approach;
  • rejection, of traditional latin liturgical text;
  • Brahms, and classical forms of “absolute” music