Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann (24 January 1776 – 25 June 1822), better known by his pen name E. T. A. Hoffmann, was a German Romantic author of fantasy and horror, a jurist, composer, music critic, draftsman and caricaturist. He is the subject and hero of Jacques Offenbach's famous but fictional opera The Tales of Hoffmann.
Hoffmann's stories were tremendously influential in the 19th century, and he is one of the key authors of the Romantic movement.
- The magic of music is so strong, getting stronger, it should break any shackle of another art.
- Beethovens Instrumentalmusik
- Music speaks, where words fail.