Other than the obvious fact that Brahms sounds similar to Beethoven (in small aspects) in some of his symphonies, what other similarities are in their music? Brahms being from the Romantic era and influenced by figures such Liszt and Schumann and the great composer Bach (from the Baroque era) in terms of his counterpoints and harmonic complexities, what other influences are in Brahms music. There is always the influence folk music in his famous Hungarian Dances. So would you say Brahms and Beethoven sounded too much alike or did Brahms have his own distinguished sound. Discuss.