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.
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.
We may be sure that a genius like Mozart, were he born today, would write concertos like Chopin and not like Mozart.
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