To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.
Without enthusiasm nothing great can be effected in art.
Nothing right can be accomplished in art without enthusiasm.
Think it a vile habit to alter works of good composers, to omit parts of them, or to insert new-fashioned ornaments. This is the greatest insult you can offer to Art.
Art was not created as a way to riches. Strive to become a true artist; all else will take care of itself.
The aesthetic principle is the same in every art, only the material differs.
Music - so different from painting - is the art which we enjoy most in company with others. A symphony, presented in a room with one other listener, would please him but little.
Confidence and courage are special skills to the art ... Within the four walls of his study, the artist should be modest, work diligently and conscientiously. While for the public, he'll show himself audacious, yes even into cheerful boldness. And so a new public's darling has arisen.
Mendelssohn I consider the first musician of the day; I doff my hat to him as my superior. He plays with everything, especially with the grouping of the instruments in the orchestra, but with such ease, delicacy and art, with such mastery throughout.
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