I saw the Philadelphia Orchestra play a couple of Brahms Symphonies a couple of weekends ago. The concert was excellent and at the end, as expected, the audience jumped to their feet and applauded with much zeal. My wife (a performer) leaned over and asked me (a composer) whether I thought the audience was applauding the orchestra or applauding Brahms.

I said they were applauding themselves for sitting still for the whole thing and behaving.

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