In order to compose, all you need to do is remember a tune that nobody else has thought of.
You write to become immortal, or because the piano happens to be open, or you've looked into a pair of beautiful eyes.
My symphonies would have reached Opus 100 if I had but written them down... Sometimes I am so full of music, and so overflowing with melody, that I find it simply impossible to write down anything.
We may be sure that a genius like Mozart, were he born today, would write concertos like Chopin and not like Mozart.
An evil fate has deprived me of the full use of my right hand, so that I am not able to play my compositions as I feel them. The trouble with my hand is that certain fingers have become so weak, probably through writing and playing too much at one time, that I can hardly use them.
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