In his early 30s, Johannes Brahms wrote a string quintet, which his friends disliked. He re-wrote the music into a sonata for two pianos, which his friends disliked for other reasons. He then re-wrote the music again as a Piano Quintet (for piano and string quartet), and now his friends were all in agreement that he had created a masterpiece of chamber music. And the rest of the world has since thought so, too. Hear the Brahms Piano Quintet in f-minor at 2 pm for today’s Midday Masterpiece.
September 7, 2022