"I couldn’t begin to describe what happened to the great Beethovenian poem — above all, the Arioso and the Fugue, where the melody, penetrating the mystery of Death itself, climbs up to a blaze of light, affected me with an excess of enthusiasm such as I have never experienced since. It had greater intimacy and was more humanly moving than Liszt’s performance…" — Vincent d’Indy on Alkan’s performance of Beethoven’s Op. 110

"A man can do all things if he but wills them." — Leon Battista Alberti: artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher, cryptographer, musician.