Some composers are renowned for dwelling on
their work for long periods of time and pushing through countless revisions.
Perhaps the most prominent example of this is the nearly 20 years it took Brahms
to complete his First Symphony. He began sketching out movements when he was 22
years old and was nearly 43 when it was finished. Not only did the symphonic
form intimidate Brahms but he was also fearful of comparisons with Beethoven.
Brahms C minor Symphony number 1 was a success when it premiered. One conductor
paid it the highest complement by dubbing the piece "Beethoven's Tenth".