Did Brahms love dogs?

Did Brahms love dogs?


norman lebrecht

December 25, 2019

Prime release for 2020:

Any other suitable composer?


  • Leporello says:

    Bark? Oftenbark?

  • John Borstlap says:

    Dogs have always been important composers’ companions:


  • Cubs Fan says:

    Elgar was a devoted dog owner.

  • Jon White says:

    More than hedgehogs?

  • Petros Linardos says:

    Cats have been honored by a duett, from Rossini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNyR6rsGDyg

    Is there anything comparable for dogs?

    On behalf of cat lovers, I have to request a posting on musicians and cats.

    For starters, here is Ravel:

  • Sixtus says:

    Woofgang Amadeus Mozart.

  • KANANPOIKA says:

    Busoni: Lesko & Giotto

  • nimitta says:

    Barktók? Houndemith?

  • Mock Mahler says:

    That guy who wrote ‘Fidolio’.

  • Karl says:

    The only work I know of that actually uses a dog is Walter Piston’s “The Incredible Flutist”. The Seattle Symphony recording uses a real dog named Nori.

  • Paul Carlile says:

    I await impatiently the customary comment on this site from Jeffrey Beagle……

  • Matthew B. Tepper says:

    I remember Peter Schickele (in a concert, not on a recording) giving a long list of dog-related musician name gags, including Buffy Saint-Bernard and Dietrich Fischer-Bauwau.

  • Paul Carlile says:

    Surely sir, Ludwag van Bitehoven should be in- i mean, on the lead in this discussion with all that it en-tails…..?

    • Paul Carlile says:

      …and, another Pointer to Ludwag’s dogged devotion is noticed in one of his most pupular pieces: “Furry Lise”….

  • Bruce says:

    Did Beethoven love airplanes?


  • Simon S. says:

    Well, there’s quite a famous composer who is buried next to his favourite dog.

  • Paul Carlile says:

    Léo Delibes obviously adored dogs, as is evident from his well-known opéra, Likmé, with its demanding lead rôle……

  • sorin says:

    wag near ? dog giovanni ? dogue chez gramophone ?