A courteous conductor

The notoriously absent-minded composer Anton Bruckner was once invited by Hans Richter to conduct the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in the performance of one of his symphonies. Bruckner agreed, duly arrived for a rehearsal, and stood on the conductor’s platform, beaming but motionless for several minutes without lifting the baton. At last, the orchestra’s leader, Arnold Rosé, gently intervened. “We are quite ready, Herr Bruckner, do begin.” “Oh no,” replied Bruckner, “after you, gentlemen!”

Sources: Walter Damrosch, My Musical Life; Harold Schonberg, The Lives of the Great Composers.  Cited at Anecdotage.com