The greatest symphony of ALL TIME...

On the night of Saturday, December 3rd, I attended a concert of my local orchestra performing some beautiful music. They played the “Winter” section from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s motet “Exultate, jubilate,” and the traditional song “O Holy Night.”

After the intermission, the orchestra performed Brahms’s Symphony No. 1. This, by the way, was the very reason I asked to go to the concert, because this is the greatest symphony of all time, by any composer. Period. (I’d put a link to a YouTube video, but I’d need to have permission from the uploader(s), whom I do not know, but the best recording out there is Herbert von Karajan’s 1988 live performance from Tokyo.) Anyway, the whole auditorium pretty much exploded at the end, and for good reason too.
 
Afterwards, I got a rare chance to speak with the conductor, who gave me some advice on composition and on playing music (I play piano and clarinet as serious instruments). I give my sincere thanks to the conductor for his time!

7 comments

  • Marshall MacDonald
    Marshall MacDonald Internet
    Maxwell, Great job on your very explanatory writing and pieces! Keep up the great work! I'll be on the lookout for more from you and your website! ~ Marshall

    Maxwell, Great job on your very explanatory writing and pieces! Keep up the great work! I'll be on the lookout for more from you and your website!

    ~ Marshall

  • Blake Haden
    Blake Haden
    Looking great Maxwell I agree with your stance on the symphony. Keep up the great work big guy!!

    Looking great Maxwell I agree with your stance on the symphony. Keep up the great work big guy!!

  • Mrs. Brown
    Mrs. Brown Connecticut
    Maxwell, your work is outstanding. I'm so glad -- and not at all surprised -- that you hold Brahms Symphony No. 1 in such high esteem. Let's debate Symphonies 1 vs 4 sometime! ?

    Maxwell, your work is outstanding. I'm so glad -- and not at all surprised -- that you hold Brahms Symphony No. 1 in such high esteem. Let's debate Symphonies 1 vs 4 sometime! ?

  • Maxwell Kaye
    Maxwell Kaye
    Mrs. Brown, thanks for listening and for the compliment! I've never actually heard Brahms's 4th symphony, but I will check it out, and then we can debate about it. (Unless I totally agree with you, then we don't have to debate!)

    Mrs. Brown, thanks for listening and for the compliment! I've never actually heard Brahms's 4th symphony, but I will check it out, and then we can debate about it. (Unless I totally agree with you, then we don't have to debate!)

  • Maxwell Kaye
    Maxwell Kaye
    Thanks to everyone who has made supportive comments to me. It means a lot!

    Thanks to everyone who has made supportive comments to me. It means a lot!

  • Jalom and Emily Wells
    Jalom and Emily Wells Brewster, NY (Acme Supermarket to be exact)
    Hi Max, I'm with my sister, Jalom, and we just listened to your compositions. We are so amazed and impressed. As well, we just read your blog, you write very well. We look forward to seeing more of your work. ??

    Hi Max,

    I'm with my sister, Jalom, and we just listened to your compositions. We are so amazed and impressed. As well, we just read your blog, you write very well. We look forward to seeing more of your work. ??

  • PHIL
    PHIL DEEP DARK INTERNET
    HI MAX< YOUR WORK IS AMAZING!!!!!

    HI MAX< YOUR WORK IS AMAZING!!!!!

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