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Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) German Romantic Era Composer

Johannes Brahms | Hey Kids, Meet the Composer Biography

Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg, Germany on May 7, 1833. Johannes' father, a town musican, gave him his first musical instruction. At the age of seven he studied piano with Otto Friedrich Willibald Cossel. Young Brahms gave concerts in Hamburg and worked playing piano in restaurants and theaters to help support his family. Read more....


Johannes Brahms Writing Assignment

Write a few paragraphs on Johannes Brahms that includes facts about his life and music. Then ask your child to complete the project by watching and describing a recorded performance of Brahms' Lullaby on YouTube.com. Ask them to begin with a list of adjectives and then follow with paragraph form. The following questions will help to guide their critique.

1) What instrument is performing Brahms' Lullaby? (Harp)

2) What is the tempo of this performance of Brahms' Lullaby:

a) Adagio (Slow)
b) Andante (Walking Speed)
c) Moderato (Moderate)
d) Allegro (Fast)

(Adagio or Andante are acceptable answers.)

3) What is the dynamics level of this performance of Brahms' Lullaby:

a) Piano (Soft)
b) Mezzo Piano (Medium Soft)
c) Mezzo Forte (Medium Loud)
d) Forte (Loud)

(Piano or Mezzo Piano are acceptable answers.)

4) Is Brahms' Lullaby best described as lyric (expressive, gentle, flowing) or majestic (dignified, nobile, stately)? (Lyric) Why? (Because it is being played softly, at a slow to moderate tempo, and in a smooth and connected style).


Music Lesson Plan Worksheets

Learn about Johannes Brahms with a printable famous composer worksheet.

Brahms | Word Search Worksheet
Brahms | Coloring Page


Beginner and Easy Sheet Music

Appreciating the talent of a famous composer is never richer than when you're playing their music. Ask your child's music teacher about including the study of one of the following pieces in their music lesson.

Beginner and Easy Piano Sheet Music

Brahms' Lullaby (Cradle Song) Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 3
Waltz in Ab for Piano Solo by Johannes Brahms
Hungarian Dance No. 5 Easy Piano Sheet Music/Level 5

Beginner and Easy Band/Orchestra Sheet Music

Brahms' Lullaby Easy Flute Sheet Music
Brahms' Lullaby Easy Clarinet Sheet Music
Brahms' Lullaby Easy Alto Saxophone Sheet Music
Brahms' Lullaby Easy Trumpet Sheet Music
Brahms' Lullaby Easy Violin Sheet Music


Download a Famous Composer Ringtone

Download the first movement from Johannes Brahms' Lullaby or Hungarian Dance No.5 as your cell phone's new ringtone. Ask your kids who the composer is, or facts about the composer, when the phone rings. You may find yourself asking, "Is that my phone" often because you don't remember the ringtone, but your kids will be enriched.