His exceptional talent for musical expression and his outstanding contribution to the evolution of composition place Brahms for posterity alongside Bach and Beethoven in the great canon of classical composers in 2012.
Montblanc pays tribute to the great virtuoso of the Romantic era with the creation of the Donation Pen Johannes Brahms Special Edition. From his humble origins, Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) rose to worldwide acclaim as a major composer, conductor and concert pianist. While maintaining musical traditions, he was an innovator in melody and harmony, leaving behind an impressive catalogue of works including concertos, symphonies, choral works and chamber music, which remain classical favourites today.
The overall design of this Special Edition reflects the style of the composer’s music: traditionalist yet pioneering and inventive. The handcrafted Montblanc masterpiece is complemented by details inspired by the fascinating world of classical music to which Brahms dedicated his life. The cap and barrel of the writing instrument are made of black precious resin enhanced with platinum-plated fittings. The clip shaped like a tuning fork and the five lines of a music staff decorating the cap bring to mind the excitement of his symphony scores and orchestras tuning up before a performance.
Brahms had a reputation for destroying many of his compositions or never publishing them if he felt they did not achieve the standards of perfection he set for himself. Just like the Romantic composer, Montblanc always strives for perfection. As a mark of its uncompromising quality and craftsmanship, the iconic Montblanc emblem crowns the writing instrument, while the cap is elegantly engraved with Brahms’ signature.
Not only was Brahms an exceptional composer, putting pen to paper to create memorable melodies, he also wrote beautiful words. He found a loyal supporter in both Robert Schumann and his wife Clara, a celebrated concert pianist with whom he shared a special bond. Their tender letters reveal a close lifelong friendship that often found expression in Brahms’ compositions. In keeping with this tradition of correspondence, the Donation Pen has been crafted with care to serve a lifetime of personal expression with the handcrafted, rhodium-plated 14 K gold nib, decorated with a dove of peace: the sign of love and peace found on all Donation Pens.
To complete the classical music experience, each Johannes Brahms Special Edition is accompanied by a tuning fork: a vital tool that guides a musician with its perfect pitch or tone through the maze of musical notes.