Divergent Romantic Composers- Liszt and Brahms. A clash between Franz Liszt and Johannes Brahms divided the Romantic era.
- Brahms was a traditional and followed Mozart and Haydn.
- Liszt was an innovative and placed poetry on a pedestal. Importance placed on words was one of the trademarks of the Romantic era.
Divergent Romantic Composers- Liszt and Brahms
A rift between these two giants goes even further: It was personal: Brahms was reported to have fallen asleep during Liszt’s premiere of his Piano Sonata in B minor. On the other hand, Liszt found the compositions by Brahms “hygienic, but unexciting.” Both were based in the Romantic era; however, we could say that Brahms looked backwards while Liszt looked forwards.
Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg into a Lutheran family, but lived much of his professional life in Vienna. Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the “Three Bs.” The man who coined that phrase also had a name starting with “B”: Hans von Bülow.
My wife and I are also composers of musicals in the Romantic style. Most recently we were featured in a concert on New York’s Metropolitan Zoom. Our works include four full length musicals. Enjoy this excerpt from Goldan Roads: