What differentiates Beethoven from other composers

Composer Quotes About Other Composers

by kickassclassical » Tue Sep 14, 2010 6:18 am

Composers certainly are opinionated about other composers, whether it's being complimentary or insulting... or both!

Here's a few of our favorite quotations by composers on their fellow composers:

Beethoven on Himself:
"Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth." - Ludwig van Beethoven

Beethoven on Rossini:
"Rossini would have been a great composer if his teacher had spanked him enough on the backside." - Ludwig van Beethoven

Brahms on Bach:
"Study Bach. There you will find everything." - Johannes Brahms

Gounod on Bizet:
"Take the Spanish airs and mine out of the score, and there remains nothing to Bizet's credit but the sauce that masks the fish." - Charles Gounod on Bizet's "Carmen"

Grieg on Bach, Beethoven, Himself:
"Artists like Bach and Beethoven erected churches and temples on the heights. I only wanted... to build dwellings for men in which they might feel happy and at home." - Edvard Grieg

Liszt on Brahms:
"Brahms' variations are better than mine, but mine were written before his." - Franz Liszt

Rossini on Bach, Beethoven:
"If Beethoven is a prodigy of man, Bach is a miracle of God." - Gioachino Rossini

Rossini on Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart:
"Beethoven I take twice a week, Haydn four times, and Mozart every day." - Gioachino Rossini

Rossini on Wagner:
"Wagner has wonderful moments, and dreadful quarters of an hour." - Gioachino Rossini

Rossini on Wagner:
"One can't judge Wagner's opera Lohengrin after a first hearing, and I certainly don't intend to hear it a second time." - Gioachino Rossini

Stravinsky on Mozart:
"I remember being handed a score composed by Mozart at the age of eleven. What could I say? I felt like de Kooning, who was asked to comment on a certain abstract painting, and answered in the negative. He was then told it was the work of a celebrated monkey. 'That's different. For a monkey, it's terrific.'" - Igor Stravinsky

Tchaikovsky on Mozart:
"Mozart is the musical Christ." - Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Wagner on Beethoven, Mozart:
"I believe in God, Mozart, and Beethoven." - Richard Wagner

Can you think of any? Share them here!


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