Brahms did not, as the saying goes, suffer
fools lightly. He had a well-earned reputation for being blunt and, at times,
rude. One story has it that as the crusty composer was leaving a party; he
paused at the door - turned to the assembled revelers - many of whom were
relieved to see him leave, and said: "if there is anyone here that I have not
offended tonight, I apologize."