When, in 1883, the premiere of Symphony No. 3 took place in Vienna, in the Hall of the Society of the Friends of Music, the Wagnerians among the public, who reject Brahms, whistle with each movement. Nevertheless, Max Kalbeck, biographer of Brahms, relates the event as follows: "The audience felt so deeply touched by this great work that not only the opposition was silent, but the tributes to the composer reached a degree of enthusiasm still almost never equaled before in Vienna, so that Brahms knew there one of its greatest triumphs. We present here the score of this work, recently published as part of our new complete edition, in the series "Studien-Edition" in pocket format.
(Note from the editor)