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Quotes of the Day for 7 May 2004 – Composers

Johannes Brahms was born at Hamburg, Germany on this day in 1833. Peotr Ilich Tchaikovsky was born at Votkinsk, Russia on this day in 1840. And in another era, and worlds apart in style, Janis Ian was born at New York City on this day in 1951. So today's quotes are either by composers, about composers, or by and about composers.

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The quotes:

Handel is the greatest composer who ever lived. I would bare my head and kneel at his grave.
     - Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770 - 1827

If we cannot write with the beauty of Mozart, let us at least try to write with his purity.
     - Johannes Brahms

Beethoven I take twice a week, Haydn four times, and Mozart every day!
     - Rossini

Bach is a colossus of Rhodes, beneath whom all musicians pass and will continue to pass. Mozart is the most beautiful, Rossini the most brilliant, but Bach is the most comprehensive: he has said all there is to say. If all the music written since Bach's time should be lost, it could be reconstructed on the foundation which Bach laid.
     - Charles Gounod

Creative force, like a musical composer, goes on unweariedly repeating a simple air or theme, now high, now low, in solo, in chorus, ten thousand times reverberated, till it fills earth and heaven with the chant.
     - Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803 - 1882

The only winner in the War of 1812 was Tchaikovsky.
     - Solomon Short

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