Two birthdays? Did you know that two of our most famous and best loved classical music composers were born on the same day, although years apart?
On May 7, 1833, Johannes Brahms was born into a musical family, in Hamburg, Germany. His father was an accomplished musician who gave Johannes his first musical training on the piano. He also learned the violin and the cello, and he first performed in a private concert at just 10 years old.
Over his lifetime Brahms wrote for symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, voice and chorus, piano, and organ. His “Greatest Hits” album on Amazon.com includes 50 works. To learn more about this composer known as “one of the three B’s” of classical music (Bach, Beethoven and Brahms), click on this link for Wikipedia’s article on Johannes Brahms.
Seven years after the birth of Johannes Brahms, Pyotr Tchaikovsky was born in Russia on May 7, 1840. Although his family had several generations of distinguished military service, Pyotr was encouraged to pursue his interest in music. He was given piano lessons at age 5, and studied music in various forms throughout his schooling. Tchaikovsky’s first symphony was given its first complete performance in Moscow, in February 1868 and he began to compose operas.
Over the span of his career, he wrote many notable works, from Romeo and Juliet, the 1812 Overture and three ballets, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker, which are all performed all over the world to this day. To learn more about the first Russian to achieve international success as a composer, click on this link for Wikipedia’s article on Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
Happy Birthday to Johannes Brahms and Pyotr Tchaikovsky!