06. December 2005 · Comments Off · Categories: imported, Quotes

Glauben Sie ich will fur die Schreibtischelade schreiben?

-Johannes Brahms (Translation: Do you think I want to write for the desk drawer? This was Brahms’ response to oboist Richard Baumgärtel (1858-1941) when he asked why Brahms hadn’t written chamber music for oboe, when he had been doing so for clarinet.)

Source for this quote found here.

(Sigh. I love Brahms, and I’m really bummed that he didn’t write us any chamber music like he wrote for clarinet. Still, we have some mighty fine solos in some of the orchestra and choral works, and there is the incredible Serenade as well. So there.)
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