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Robert Schumann
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"The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart."

"Beethoven! How much lies in that word! In the deep tones of the syllables there seems to sound a presentiment of immortality. I even think no other written characters but these would suit his name."
 
"In music, coherence and completeness are indispensable in every individual composition, however small."
 
"Music is the outflow of a beautiful mind."
 
"Music is to me the perfect expression of the soul. "
 
"It is music's lofty mission to shed light on the depths of the human heart"
 
"The painter turns a poem into a painting; the musician sets a picture to music."
 
"The singing voice is hardly sufficient in itself; it cannot carry the whole task of interpretation unaided. In addition to its overall expression, the finer shadings of the poem must be represented as well -- provided that the melody does not suffer in the process."
 
"The laws of morality are also those of art."
 
"The age of mutual compliments is gradually sinking into its grave. Frankly, we are not minded to assist its resurrection. He who does not attack the bad, defends the good but halfway. -- Our purpose... is to remind our readers emphatically of the distant past and its works. Then, to emphasize the fact that the contemporary artist can secure strength for the creation of new beauty only by drinking from such pure fountains. Then, to attack as inartistic the immediate past, which is concerned merely with encouraging superficial virtuosity. Lastly, to help prepare and hasten the coming of a new poetic era."
 
"The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart."
 
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