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- Brahms' Variations are better than mine, but mine were written before his.
- As quoted in Arthur Friedheim and Alexander Siloti, Remembering Franz Liszt (1961) p. 138.
- Sorrowful and great is the artist's destiny.
- As quoted in Joseph Machlis, The Enjoyment of Music: An Introduction to Perceptive Listening (1963) Page 107.
Quotes about Liszt
- His playing was free, poetic, replete with imaginative shadings, and, at the same time, characterizes by noble, artistic repose. And his technique, his virtuosity? I hesitate to speak if it. It suffices to observe that he has not lost it but has rather added to it in clarity and moderation. What a remarkable man! After a life incomparably rich and ctive, full of excitement, passion, and pleasure, he returns at the age of sixty-two and plays the most difficult music with the ease and strength and freshness of a youth….
- Eduard Hanslick, Music Criticisms. Translated by Henry Pleasants, Baltimore: Penguin Books Ltd., 1963, p.109-110.
- Charles Rosen#The Romantic Generation (1995), Ch. 8 : Liszt: On Creation as Performance