Despite his unquestionable greatness as a composer, Brahms must surely rank with Schumann and Mendelssohn in between the truly great symphonists (9 or more) of Beethoven and Schubert on the one hand,  and Bruckner and Mahler on the other hand. His four symphonies would scarcely qualify him to be classed with those four flanking masters, even if most people of classical taste would rate his symphonic writings above both Schumann (who also wrote 4) and Mendelssohn (who wrote 5).  As for Franz Liszt and Richard Strauss, their commitment to the so-called symphonic poem would hardly qualify them to be categorized with the symphonists proper, and the same of course could be said of Wagner, who was a great opera composer, not a symphonist.


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