Just as human beings are the most advanced, if not complicated creatures on the planet (we walk, talk, think, improve on surroundings - yet wage war) the symphony is the most advanced form of musical expression. Just think – creating a 50 minute long opus for strings, reeds, horns and percussion. That is why we have conductors, who lead such a large orchestra. To keep all not just on the same page but the same bar. Musical, that is.
The slimster got to musing on this theme, when supine on the couch, listening to our national treasure, the CBC. They played one of his all-time favourites, Brahms’ symphony no. 1 in entirety. Took the lean one back decades, far too many to admit in number, when first this masterpiece was heard. And the story behind it.Seems Brahms was such a perfectionist that it took him almost two decades to compose the dagnab thing. Not due to laziness and procrastination. But the fear that he would be compared to Beethoven, the composer of so many great symphonies led him to not believe in his work. In fact, he burned completed manuscripts in his fireplace over the years, so as not to have them lying around,….(Read more: Estonian Life No. ...
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