Johannes Brahms, Composer
(1833-1897). In his early years, Brahms played popular folk music in waterfront taverns, though he was also inspired by the classical tradition of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. As Robert and Clara Schumann had helped him early on, so did he provide assistance to up and coming composers; he encouraged and aided young Antonin Dvorak, helping him gain publication of his works, and introducing him to many influential musicians. Despite his contact with major romantic era figures like Schumann,...