„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.

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Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist 1811 - 1886
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