Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c Op. 68
For Johannes Brahms, the symphony was the ultimate test of a composer’s abilities and the most suitable way of creating a legacy. And at one point the composer even said that he would never write a symphony, because he could hear the “giant marching behind him.” That giant was Beethoven, who, of course, had a tremendous impact on western music. And even though Beethoven died six years before Brahms was born, Brahms felt like he had a lot to live up to coming after that giant. It took Brahms 20 years to finally face that giant.