Music: Master from Hamburg

When a Hamburg bull-fiddler and his 44-year-old wife produced a lumpish son 100 years ago, the world was blessed with one of its greatest musical creators. The infant son was Johannes Brahms, who lived to grow a beard which was worthy of his name. At the end of this I season that name will have added luster, for Arturo Toscanini is conducting the New York Philharmonic in no less than 18 all-Brahms concerts.

Thus comes to a climax a new popular enthusiasm for Brahms which has been mounting steadily these past ten years. Last week,...