It’s 120 years ago to the day that the old boy breathed his last.
So: a good time to play a game I last tried out with Menahem Pressler and the Emerson Quartet.
A hundred and twenty years is not that long ago.
How many people have you known who saw Brahms alive, shook his hand, exchanged a greeting?
In my case, just one: my neighbour, Eleanor Rosé.
Plus quite a few who knew his at one remove – London musicians who played with Felix Weingartner, for instance.
This is Brahms shortly after Clara Schumann’s funeral.