ten he participated in his first public performance. While still a teenager, he developed into a very fine pianist. In early 1 853, he undertook a concert tour with the Hungarian violinist and composer, Ede Remenyi. It was during that tour he met another great violinist, Joseph Joachim, who would remain a lifelong friend.In September 1 853, Brahms introduced himself to Robert Schumann, and became acquainted with the entire Schumann household. Schumann, for his part, was thoroughly taken with the young man and his music. He enthusiastically endorsed Brahms’ music in an article published in Neue Zeitschrift fur Musik, and followed up with letters of recommendation that preceded Brahms in his travels to Leipzig to seek publication of his music.In October 1 853, while at the Schumann home, Brahms took part in a “collaborative” composition with Robert Schumann and a lesser known composer, Albert Dietrich. Brahms contributed the scherzo to a violin sonata the three put together in honor of their mutual friend, Hungarian violinist Joseph Joachim, which came to be known as the F. A. E.Sonata.F.A.E. Sonata: ScherzoThe F. A. E.Sonata is a violin sonata. The initials “F. A.E.” derive from Joseph Joachim’s motto, “Frei aber Einsam,” which can be translated, “Free, but alone.” Let’s learn more about the history of the F. A. E.Sonata and Brahms’ contribution to it from Professor James Lyon.1And now let’s enjoy Brahms’ Scherzo from the F. A. E.Sonata, performed by Professor James Lyon, violin, and Professor Sue Haug, piano.