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Composer, Johannes Brahms (b.1833 d.1897), has been considered one of the world's greatest symphony composers. In his lifetime he wrote four symphonies, it is noted that a reading of Sophocles' play, Oedipus Rex, inspired his final symphonic work. Many orchestral scores are available in their entirety with historical essays and the original markings from the composer themselves. The Fourth Symphony (Opus 98) is available in an edition published by Norton Critical Scores.