Evening Masterwork: Brahms’ First Symphony

Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897)

Symphony No. 1 in c, Op. 68 by Johannes Brahms

Evening Masterwork for March 2, 2020 – 7:00 PM on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9

For Johannes Brahms, the symphony was the ultimate test of a composer’s abilities and the most suitable way of creating a legacy. And at one point the composer even said that he would never write a symphony, because he could hear the “giant marching behind him.” That giant was Beethoven, who, of course, had a tremendous impact on western music. And even though Beethoven died six years before Brahms was born, Brahms felt like he had a lot to live up to coming after that giant. It took Brahms 20 years to finally face that giant, and the result is his Symphony No. 1; it’s our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7 on Classical WSMR.