Johannes Brahms was born in Hamburg in 1833 but spent much of his working life in Vienna, where he was one of the leading figures in what is generally known as the Romantic period. Such was his significance that he is often referred to as one of the "Three Bs" alongside Bach and Beethoven! His compositions range from piano solos to major works for choir and orchestra and, as a virtuoso pianist, premiered many of his own works. His beautiful Waltz in A-flat Major is an item of repertoire that is familiar to many - even if it's not known by name! Published as one of a set of 16 waltzes for piano (Opus 39:15), it has been transcribed here for wind band by Brian Bowen.