Subjects — M
Mozart died too late rather than too soon.
Mozart has the classic purity of light and the blue ocean; Beethoven the romantic grandeur which belongs to the storms of air and sea, and while the soul of Mozart seems to dwell on the ethereal peaks of Olympus, that of Beethoven climbs shuddering the storm-beaten sides of a Sinai. Blessed be they both! Each represents a moment of the ideal life, each does us good. Our love is due to both.
I listen only to Bach, Beethoven or Mozart. Life is too short to waste on other composers.
The author’s conviction on this day of New Year is that music begins to atrophy when it departs too far from the dance; that poetry begins to atrophy when it gets too far from music; but this must not be taken as implying that all good music is dance music or all poetry lyric. Bach and Mozart are never too far from physical movement.
— ABC of Reading, 1934, [preface]
You can’t have Bach, Mozart and Beethoven as your favorite composers: They simply define what music is!
I believe in God, Mozart, and Beethoven.