Although Brahms began composing his first symphony in 1854, it wasn’t premiered until November 1876, 22 years later. The whole piece underwent severe edits until he was completely happy with it.
When his mother died in 1865, Brahms was overcome with grief. It is speculated that this led him to compose his German Requiem, one of the most celebrated works from his career. However, the premiere of the piece was a disaster – the timpanist misread the dynamics as ‘ff’ (very loud) instead of ‘pf’ (quiet) and drowned the other musicians out.
Final Resting Place:
Der Wiener Zentralfriedhof
Simmeringer Hauptstraße 234, Vienna,
Grave Location:Gruppe 32 A, Grab Nr. 2
Grave Location Description
You can find the grave very easily if you enter the cemetery through that main entrance, which is called Tor (Gate) 2. Once inside, go straight on, through the middle of the stone arcade ahead of you, towards the large Jugendstil church in the distance. Just keep your eyes on the left hand side to eventually spot the grave of the legendary composer about 100 feet off the road. Nearby neighbors include Beethoven, Schubert, and various members of the Strauss family. Across the paved path is a memorial to some guy named Mozart.
Grave Location GPS48.1519419, 16.4398676
Visiting The Grave:
Read More About Johannes Brahms:
- Wikipedia Entry
- Johannes Brahms location guide to Vienna
- The Top 10 works of Johannes Brahms
- Music History Monday - the death of the German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms
- Behind the Curtain - Brahms’ Funeral Music
- Brahms: 15 facts about the great composer
- BBC Music Magazine - Johannes Brahms
- The Death of Johannes Brahms