With the coming of spring, I am calm again.
Tradition is the spreading of fire and not the veneration of ashes.
Destiny smiles upon me but without making me the least bit happier.
If I weren't the way I am, I shouldn't write my symphonies.
An operetta is simply a small and gay opera.
Tradition is laziness.
In its beginnings, music was merely chamber music, meant to be listened to in a small space by a small audience.
The further the music develops, the more complex the apparatus used by the composer to express his thoughts becomes.
The spirit can assert itself only through the medium of clear form.
I have become a different person. I don't know whether this person is better, he certainly is not happier.
Don't bother to look, I've composed all this already.
What I wanted and what I visualized while composing has not always been realized.
I also had a brother who was like me a musician and a composer. A man of great talent, far more gifted than I. He died very young... he killed himself in the prime of his life.
I hope you will no longer accuse me of a lack of delicacy. as I now count on your understanding.
Even if people censure me, they should do so hat in hand.
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