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 Fourth symphony Е minor, ор 98 was composed in summer (movements I and II) and in 1885 (movements III and IV). The whole process took рlасе in Murzzuchlag. According to the composer’s request Hans von Bilow mastered the symphony with the Meiningen Orchestra. The first performance dated October 17, 1885. The author himself conducted his composition. The publication was realized in 1886.