A top tenor heard a busker singing Puccini and it stopped him in his tracks
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They're responsible for creating some of the world's masterpieces... so who can blame our favourite composers for being a tad arrogant from time to time? Stubborn, self-righteous, and egotistical, explore the best quotations from the musicians who consider themselves to be greatest of all time.
Beethoven: "Prince, what you are, you are by the accident of birth; what I am, I am of myself. There are and there will be thousands of princes. There is only one Beethoven."
Berlioz: "My life is to me a deeply interesting romance."
Sibelius: "Pay no attention to what critics say; there has never been a statue set up in honour of a critic."
Mozart: "A man of superior talent (which I cannot deny myself to be without being impious) will go to pieces if he remains forever in the same place!"
Brahms: "If there is anyone here whom I have not insulted, I beg his pardon."
Haydn: "But all the world understands my language!"
Stravinksy: "I don't write modern music. I only write good music."
Rossini: "Give me a laundry list and I'll set it to music."
Wagner: "I must have beauty, splendour and light. The world ought to give me what I need!"
Cage: "I have nothing to say and I am saying - and that is poetry."
R. Strauss: "What I'd like best of all, time and time again, is to set myself to music."
Tchaikovsky: "Oh, how difficult it is to make anyone see and feel in music what we see and feel ourselves."
Vaughan Williams: "It looks wrong, and it sounds wrong; but it's right."
Copland: "If a literary man puts together two words about music, one of them will be wrong."