Brahms and Cats A century-old rumor has finally been put to rest: the 19th century classical composer Johannes Brahms did NOT kill cats. According to music historian Calum MacDonald, the rumor was started by a rival composer, Richard Wagner, who was jealous of Brahms's success. Lisa talks with McDonald, and we hear samples of Brahms's chamber music.
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Brahms and Cats

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Brahms and Cats

Brahms and Cats

Brahms and Cats

Only Available in Archive Formats.

A century-old rumor has finally been put to rest: the 19th century classical composer Johannes Brahms did NOT kill cats. According to music historian Calum MacDonald, the rumor was started by a rival composer, Richard Wagner, who was jealous of Brahms's success. Lisa talks with McDonald, and we hear samples of Brahms's chamber music.