What is the Cause of the Death of Johannes Brahm?


Arvinda Dixit

The writers, composers, and musicians had very impressive behavior in the past. They were loved and well-received by their readers throughout the world because of their work. In this article, we will read about the career achievements of a famous composer of late 1900 Johannes Brahms.

Johannes Brahms was born on May 7, 1833, in Hamburg into a Lutheran family. He was a composer, pianist, and conductor. He is from a society in Vienna or the time period where people loved to spend their winters listening to music, dancing, and enjoying theatre life and summers at elegant resorts. At that time, composers like Brahm were invited to take part and perform their work at the events.

Brahm received his first musical training from his father Johann Jakob who went against his family to become a musician. He also learned to play Violin and cello and in 1840 he learned to play piano under the supervision of Otto Friedrich Willibald Cossel. In later years, he started composing the symphony for Orchestra and other works but he was disapproved by his parents thinking that Brahm might have a good career as a performer rather than a composer.

He had 2 siblings – a sister Elizabeth born in 1833 and a younger brother Fritz born in 1835. His younger brother also followed the same path and became a pianist and moved to Caracas but later returned back to Hamburg and became a teacher.

What Happened to Johannes Brahm?

Johannes Brahm Death

One of the most popular musicians, composers, and pianists Johannes Brahm died on April 3, 1897, at the age of 63 in Vienna, Austria- Hungary. He was severely suffering from many diseases before his death. After his death, he was buried in the Vienna Central Cemetry in Vienna.

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What is the Cause of the Death of Johannes Brahm?

Johannes Brahm was engrossed in the work of composition. He composed many works for the orchestra that includes 4 symphonies, 2 piano concertos, and much more.

In the May of 1896, Brahms started feeling fatigued and lost weight. The doctor diagnosed him with jaundice and his situation started worsening with continuous itching, unable to move, and bleeding. Later that year the Viennese doctor found him suffering from cancer of the liver. 

On 25th March, the composer Brahm suffered severe intestinal bleeding and he was taken to the hospital. His condition reached a critical stage on April 2, 1897, and the very next day he was declared dead by the doctors.

On that very day, he was sealed into the casket as no autopsy was performed, and on April 6, 1897, he was buried in the Vienna Central Cemetery. However, now it is being said that the real cause of death of Brahm was pancreatic cancer which eventually led to liver failure.

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