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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: May 2019

Part V - Reception and Legacy

  • Edited by Natasha Loges, Royal College of Music, London, Katy Hamilton, Royal College of Music, London
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • pp 305-392


The reception of Brahms’s music beyond his home city of Hamburg began in 1853, when the young composer made his first extended journey and presented his compositions to some of the leading figures of German contemporary music: Robert Schumann, Robert Franz and Franz Liszt. Each reacted to these unpublished works in distinctive ways.

Robert Schumann, with whom Brahms spent the whole month of October in Düsseldorf, was instantly enthralled.