Picks and Pans Review: Quote

updated 12/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/24/1990 AT 01:00 AM EST

>From Mozartiana, collected and illustrated by Joseph Solman:

"Beethoven 'created' his music, but the music of Mozart is of such purity and beauty that one feels he merely 'found' it—that it has always existed as part of the inner beauty of the universe waiting to be revealed."—Albert Einstein

"Emperor Joseph: 'Too fine for our ears, and an immense number of notes, my dear Mozart.'

"Mozart: 'Just as many notes, Your Majesty, as are required.' "—after the Vienna premiere of The Abduction from the Seraglio

"Homer is cruel. Michelangelo isn't funny, Shakespeare is uneven, Beethoven is German. Faulkner goes overboard and Ray Charles has let his band get too big, but the pleasures of Mozart are unqualifiable."—Roy Blount Jr.

"Mozart is happiness before it has gotten defined."—Arthur Miller

"It may be that when the angels go about their task praising God, they play only Bach. I am sure, however, that when they are together en famille they play Mozart."—Karl Barth

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