The four symphonies by Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) belong to the highest achievements of the world classical music. All of them were composed during the period of maturity in Brahms' creative work. When being fourty-three years old the composer completed his First symphony, meanwhile such masterpieces as the German Requiem and the First piano concerto already existed then.
The First symphony С minor, ор 68 was conceived in 1860, while the working process started during the period of 1874–1876. The first performance took place on November 4, 1876 in Karlsruhe. Otto Desoff conducted it. The first publication dates 1877.