As an avid music lover, I can think of several composers, bands, songs, albums, compositions, that if asked, I would claim as my favorite in whatever category we would discuss. I love talking about music to be sure!
But in the course of my own casual listening, I always find pieces and composers that I seem to ‘forget’ about. Unfortunately, Johannes Brahms is one of those composers in my life. I always love his music when I hear it, but so often, I’m not listening to his compositions and time marches on.
The following is a great video of one of my favorite compositions attributed to Brahms. This video is a duet of Yehudi Menuhin, one of the greatest violin virtuosos of the 20th century, with pianist Adolph Baller, playing “Hungarian Dance No. 5.
Composer Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg Germany May 7, 1833. The series of “Hungarian Dances” written by Brahms, 21 pieces in all, are among my favorite compositions ever, even though I often fail to mention them among my favorites.
Brahms completed the Hungarian Dances in 1869. Check out this site with Brahms' life in pictures, featuring great candid photos of Johannes Brahms himself.