No. 4 in E Minor Opus 98
a Theme by Haydn, Opus 56a
was quoted as having said: "I feel the footsteps of Beethoven behind me." Nevertheless, he achieved enough stature
to be rated along with Beethoven and Bach, as "The Three B's" of classical music.
His style is lush
and romantic to the nth degree, but still follows the great classical traditions in form that were originally established
by Mozart, Haydn and Beethoven. His mentor, Robert Schumann, launched Brahms at the tender age of 20, and wrote extensively
about the young genius, whom he considered the heir to Beethoven.