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Composer Cagematch! Round 2: Mahler vs. Brahms

Does anyone have a video clip of that scene from “How I Met Your Mother” where Ted brings in a string quartet of completely blue instruments? I wanted to post that yesterday, but I couldn’t find it and then I said “Hell, it’s a holiday” and wandered off to watch more episodes of “How I Met Your Mother.” I have resisted its siren call for all its years on network television, but it popped up on Netflix and now I’m hooked. Curse you, instant queue! (I love you, instant queue.)

If you can believe it, it is time to discuss a matter even more dire. Kids, let’s talk about how hard it’s getting to pair composers for a cagematch in round 2. To whit: it is getting REALLY HARD.

This is one of the last pairings that make some semblance of sense to me. Enjoy it, because it won’t last.

What of last match, you say? Well, despite strong backing from @CMcGo, Saint-Saens came up just short of catching Grieg. Which is unexpected, to say the least. Was it the French thing? McGo says it was the French thing.

And now, in this corner, not even Kenneth Woods could save Schumann from his wrath! It’s


And in this corner, he sent Wagner packing for Valhalla! It’s



* Ben Meyers? Anyone? Anyone? We already established that Brahms = Jesse Spencer.

About Jenn

Despite being the former digital marketing intern at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Jenn German does not like Mozart. Beethoven could've totally beaten him up. Also she has an arts management graduate degree from American University, but this changes nothing.


14 thoughts on “Composer Cagematch! Round 2: Mahler vs. Brahms

  1. Thanks Jenn!
    Wow, tough one in many ways, but I give it to Mahler for those massive symphonies that people love to hear uninterrupted by iPhones.
    And I hope that Gustav gets his mug on a box of cereal so he can compete with Raisin Brahms.

    BTW, HIMYM rocks–When you get to the current season, you’ll be shocked to find he’s still talking to his kids, and the daughter is already on the show Nikita playing an adult!

    Posted by Chris McGovern | January 17, 2012, 8:59 am

    Posted by Chris McGovern | January 17, 2012, 11:16 am
  3. This is a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad dilemma you have presented hear. German Requiem! But… Kindertotenlieder! Double Concerto! But… Symphony #9! Gustav has the edge on sheer sublimity and transcendence, but Johannes has chamber & piano music — we likes ’em well-rounded.

    I’m just flummoxed!

    Posted by Miss Music Nerd | January 22, 2012, 2:05 pm
  4. “dilemma you have presented hear” har har har — it was a typo, but an accurate one in a way… 😛

    Posted by Miss Music Nerd | January 22, 2012, 2:06 pm
  5. You’re not kind to a guy; pitting these two against one another. And you’ve got to give him points for Chutzpah for staying with his best friend and hitting on Schumann’s wife non-stop while in their house. Of course, history can’t prove anything more than platonic love happened. Still, it’s kind of rude.

    Posted by Michael | January 24, 2012, 7:19 pm
  6. And what happened to the Raisin Brahms Monday post?

    Posted by Chris McGovern | January 24, 2012, 7:22 pm


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