1. 7 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Brahms Sure, he’s known for lullabies, but Johannes Brahms is responsible for some of the most passionate works in classical music. 92Y Concerts will present the Jerusalem Quartet and friends on October 23, 25, and 29 in an exploration of the German composer’s most beloved chamber pieces. From porn-star nicknames to an epic love triangle, here are 7 awesome facts about the composer. 1. Brahms had friends in high places. As a 12-year-old prodigy, he performed with Felix Mendelssohn, was a house guest of Franz Liszt, and was mentored by Robert Schumann. 2. Brahms was a sexy man! We’re used to seeing a portly image of the composer in his later years, but he could have donned the cover of a 19th century People magazine when he was younger. Things may have been different if Bud Light was around back then. 3. He was a procrastinator. Brahms didn’t publish his first symphony till he was 43. Why the wait? He was intimidated by the legacy of predecessors like Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven. 4. Brahms’ nickname was “the hedgehog.” Which also happens to be the same nickname of adult film star Ron Jeremy. Not only was he round and hairy (like Jeremy), but he also frequented a tavern daily in Vienna called the Red Hedgehog. 5. He had a comeback tour. Brahms announced his retirement in December of 1890, only to release 11 more works before his death in 1897. 6. He barked when he played the piano. Brahms hated playing the instrument so much that he was known to make loud, inaudible outbursts while practicing, which reportedly sounded like a dog. 7. Brahms was caught in a love triangle. Brahms pined his whole life for Clara Weick, the wife of his mentor Robert Schumann. He even cared for her in her later years after Schumann’s death. Was his love unrequited? We’ll never know for sure—Brahms burned all Clara’s letters to him.  Now that you’re a boss on Brahms facts, come hear the music live!

    7 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know About Brahms

    Sure, he’s known for lullabies, but Johannes Brahms is responsible for some of the most passionate works in classical music. 92Y Concerts will present the Jerusalem Quartet and friends on October 23, 25, and 29 in an exploration of the German composer’s most beloved chamber pieces. From porn-star nicknames to an epic love triangle, here are 7 awesome facts about the composer.

    1. Brahms had friends in high places. As a 12-year-old prodigy, he performed with Felix Mendelssohn, was a house guest of Franz Liszt, and was mentored by Robert Schumann.

    2. Brahms was a sexy man! We’re used to seeing a portly image of the composer in his later years, but he could have donned the cover of a 19th century People magazine when he was younger. Things may have been different if Bud Light was around back then.

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  2. Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis has interviewed dozens of music legends at 92Y over the years. These are our picks for the five best on 92Y On Demand you can watch now.
NAS: “How can you lose when you doing you, you know what I mean?
Lou Reed: “The first time I heard Outkast do “Hey Ya” … oh man I could listen to that forever.”
Janis Ian performs “Society’s Child.”
Ani DiFranco displays her signature depth by meticulously probing the soul of a nation with the 9/11 poem, “Self Evident.”
Questlove on Michael Jackson: The first time I saw pandemonium was when he visited our High School in Philly.
DeCurtis continues his music talk series on October 27 with Alice Cooper. Get your tickets now.

    Rolling Stone's Anthony DeCurtis has interviewed dozens of music legends at 92Y over the years. These are our picks for the five best on 92Y On Demand you can watch now.

    NAS: “How can you lose when you doing you, you know what I mean?

    Lou Reed: “The first time I heard Outkast do “Hey Ya” … oh man I could listen to that forever.”

    Janis Ian performs “Society’s Child.

    Ani DiFranco displays her signature depth by meticulously probing the soul of a nation with the 9/11 poem, “Self Evident.

    Questlove on Michael Jackson: The first time I saw pandemonium was when he visited our High School in Philly.

    DeCurtis continues his music talk series on October 27 with Alice Cooper. Get your tickets now.

  3. Science Reveals Something Surprising About Metal Fans and Classical Music Lovers →

    Talk about music breeding unity! Turns out heavy metal fans and classical music lovers have a lot in common! Check out this fascinating article from Mic, then go head-bang to Brahms!

  4. My very favorite Brahms piece is the Op. 91 two songs for mezzo, viola and piano. Whenever I play it, it feels like no one could have written anything better suited for the viola. It is certainly some of the most intimate and personal musical language we have.

    — 

    Hsin-Yun Huang, viola

    Huang will be the guest artist during Jerusalem Quartet’s Intimate Brahms concert on October 25. Come experience the passion of Brahms!

  5. #TuesdayTip How to Warm Up to Play Your Instrumentby Debbie Schmidt, chamber music instructor, 92Y School of Music
Warming up is the act of getting ready to play your best, whether it’s for a performance or just a great practice session. You might play similar patterns or have a set routine, but the end result is that the whole of your body is focused and ready to play at its optimal level.
Good warm-up sessions should help you improve your skills, based on the compositions you’re working on. Don’t use warm ups to try something new; stick with what you know and make a plan, so that your brain and body are at all-systems-go, 110 percent for the day’s playing activities.
How do you warm up?

    #TuesdayTip How to Warm Up to Play Your Instrument
    by Debbie Schmidt, chamber music instructor, 92Y School of Music

    Warming up is the act of getting ready to play your best, whether it’s for a performance or just a great practice session. You might play similar patterns or have a set routine, but the end result is that the whole of your body is focused and ready to play at its optimal level.

    Good warm-up sessions should help you improve your skills, based on the compositions you’re working on. Don’t use warm ups to try something new; stick with what you know and make a plan, so that your brain and body are at all-systems-go, 110 percent for the day’s playing activities.

    How do you warm up?

  6. #MusicMonday A History of Classical Music, in Cat GIFs

    We didn’t think it could be done either, but the creative folks over at Classic FM proved us wrong. We’re particularly fans of "stacatto cat" (7th post down).

  7. REBLOG this if you feel the genius of Miles Davis’ words.

    REBLOG this if you feel the genius of Miles Davis’ words.

  8. 8 Things Top Practicers Do Differently →

    "We have all heard practice makes perfect; however, the key lies in how you practice. Here is a terrific article that I know you will find eye opening and extremely helpful!” —Yana Stotland, 92Y School of Music director

  9. Want to learn 5 amazing facts about rocker and style icon Lenny Kravitz? Watch this!

  10. There’s nothing like Brahms for breakfast! Check out this hilarious commercial from Americans for the Arts, which features the “nutritional” benefits of the German classical composer’s music.

    Increased test scores! Creative problem-solving skills! If these benefits sound enticing to you, check out Jerusalem Quartet’s three-night concert engagement at 92Y. The nights of October 23, 24, and 29, the group will be joined by special guests, performing some of Brahms’ most beautiful chamber music. Click here to learn more!