Brahms Lounge: Brahms and Global History
What political and cultural conditions made a Johannes Brahms possible in the first place? What is the relationship between the biographical person and the musical work of the master and the dynamic developments of the 19th century? Jürgen Osterhammel, until his retirement Professor of Modern History at the University of Konstanz and one of the leading exponents of global history ("The Transformation of the World"), has dealt intensively with music throughout his life. He draws revealing comparisons between Brahms and far more international contemporaries such as Camille Saint-Saëns and Louis Moreau Gottschalk. In doing so, he attempts to fathom the ways in which the independence of the German late Romantic largely eludes global historical perspective.
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