June 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
Berlioz (on hearing Chopin, Liszt and Heller play Bach six-hands): “What a waste of great pianistic talent on playing lousy music!”
Choping (on Berlioz): “The man’s composing technique consists in putting down lots of chords and then filling in the space in-between the best he can.”
(The story that he illustrated the technique by dipping a pen in ink, then bending the nib back and letting it go to spatter a page of paper — is probably apocryphal; but very good).
Berlioz (on Chopin): “His music lacks drama.”