Does anyone know who the composer in this story was?
Someone took a composer to hear an early British performance of Parsifal.* Asked what he thought of it, he replied,
“Well, it’s like the Brahms Requiem, only without the jokes.”
I have it down for some dour, ideally northern, English composer.
* The first staged performance was at Covent Garden on 2nd Februrary 1914.