Deep down in my memory - or perhaps my imagination - I find this little anecdote:

Someone asked Johannes Brahms why he played piano in the way that he did. And Brahms - for neither the first nor the last time in his life - decided to let his arrogance shine through in his answer:

"Because I can!"

I have not been able to verify this anecdote, so perhaps it's just one of those factoids that legends are made of.

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