Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in c Op. 68
Brahms notoriously put off composing his symphonies and string quartets, offering the excuse “You can’t have any idea what it’s like always to hear such a giant marching behind you.” That giant was Beethoven, who died six years before Brahms was born, but had a powerful impact nonetheless. It took Brahms 20 years to finally face that giant, and the result is his Symphony No. 1.