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 Third symphony F major, ор. 90 was completed in Summer 1883. It happened in Wiesbaden. Thus the composer reminds of in one his letters, i. e. the early drafts already existed then. The premiere took place on December 2, 1884. It was the Viennese Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Hans Richter. The publication dates 1884. Brahms dedicated it to Hans von Bulow.