Give Now

Ether Game

Brahms: Symphony No. 1

Here’s a hint: Beethovenophobia? or a famous first by one of the three “B’s.”

The Austro-German nineteenth century was an age that believed that music could progress and be perfected, and there was a nagging fear that nobody could prove a truly adequate successor to Beethoven. Johannes Brahms strongly felt this anxiety, and it was one of the reasons it took over twenty years to complete his first symphony! To be fair to Brahms, he wasn’t actively composing it the entire time. It was shelved often, and for lengthy periods. But his hesitation remains telling of how, after Beethoven, the act of writing a symphony had acquired a nearly-mystical clout. The symphony eventually acquired the nickname of “Beethoven’s Tenth.” Although conductor Han von Bülow intended this nickname as a complement, the same words have also been used to malign Brahms’s magnificent work as derivative and boring.

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Ether Game:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Ether Game

Search Ether Game