We talk all the time about our American degradation of all forms of high culture. We wear jeans to the opera. We check our glowing cell phones at live theater. We bring crinkly bags of potato chips into the cinema. As we all remember, we let our cell phones ring in the middle of Mahler’s Ninth Symphony at the New York Philharmonic, and have to be reminded to turn them off by the frustrated conductor.
German composer Johannes Brahms is probably one of the most recognizable and notable composers of all time. Born in 1833 and raised in Hamburg, Brahms later moved to the musically-rich city of Vienna, Austria, where he influenced the musical scene, and became one of the movers and shakers in the Romantic movement.