Brahms’ Symphony No. 4

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A French commenter on YouTube had this to say about Brahm’s Symphony No. 4:

I don’t believe a simple mortal man can create a such beauty.

Another commenter says:

 It is just sheer… perpetual beauty.

Hear it for yourself via the YouTube video at the top of this post.

It’s spectacularly beautiful. Notice of course, how intellectually you have no clue at all what the subject matter of this symphony is.  It has no words or pictures to point you in the direction of what the subject matter may be. But emotionally it feels tremendously, unmistakably meaningful.  We have an emotional ability that grasps and apprehends things that are invisible to our intellectual ability alone. It is to this emotional ability that a work of art speaks.

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