Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) stayed during the completion of
the Niederwalddenkmal at Ruedesheim and composed here his 3-rd
symphony (also known as a soundtrack) which is called by some experts
the “heroic one”. Maybe the sight of the monument has
exercised an influence? All experts are united to themselves in
the fact that Brahms has reached a quite special climax of his
creating with the 3-rd symphony.
The main topic of the symphony
forms a heroic motive which is always animated by triumphant size
up to quiet transfiguration
from big breath and strong sensation. A softly gliding transition
leads the listener on the idyllic second subject. It is possible
that here appears an influence of the scenery; because the master
loved to walk in the vineyards. He can be inspired with pleasure
by the unique man-made landscape.
Today a 'Brahms's way' leads in
memory of the big composer by the Ruedesheimer vineyards.