Saturday, April 29, 2006


A Good Mood

Jan Swafford, Johannes Brahms: A Biography (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1997):

P. 278:
A quip by a local wit began circulating: "When Brahms is feeling really frisky, he sings The Grave Is My Joy."
P. 372:
Brahms managed rehearsals with incomparable musicianship and ready wit. He knew how to be self-deprecating, as when he echoed the town's (and probably his own) favorite joke about himself: "I'm in a really good mood today, so let's do Dear Lord, When Shall I Die?"

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