“Here is a whole fortnight that my mind and fingers have been working like two lost spirits — Homer, the Bible, Plato, Locke, Byron, Hugo, Lamartine, Chateaubriand, Beethoven, Bach, Hummel, Mozart, Weber, are all around me. I study them, meditate on them, and devour them with fury … Ah! provided I don’t go mad, you will find an artist in me! Yes, an artist, such as you desire, such as is required nowadays!”

— Franz Liszt in 1831