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YMMV / Johannes Brahms

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  • Broken Base: Brahms was the subject of a huge Flame War during his lifetime between the supporters of his more traditional approach and the innovation of Richard Wagner (and to a lesser extent, Franz Liszt and Anton Bruckner). His music was either celebrated for its beauty or condemned for being antiquated and boring, depending on the side. Brahms and Wagner weren't personally enemies; they didn't quite understand one-another, but each respected the other's talent. Nowadays the whole thing comes across as rather silly, with many people enjoying both composers.
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  • Signature Song: "Brahms' Lullaby" is perhaps one of, if not the most, popular piece of classical musical in the west, presumably because it's the very first piece many of us heard, usually under the more familiar name of "Lullaby and Goodnight."
  • Spiritual Successor: Brahms' Symphony No. 1 in C minor has been compared to Beethoven's symphonies and was often considered "Beethoven's Tenth". Such comparisons annoyed Brahms, and he remarked "Any ass can see that".