I Never Asked Anybody How

A young man wrote to Mozart and said, “Herr Mozart, I am thinking of writing symphonies. Can you give me any suggestions as to how to get started?”

Mozart responded, “A symphony is a very complex musical form, perhaps you should begin with some simple lieder and work your way up to a symphony.”

“But Herr Mozart, you were writing symphonies when you were 8 years old.”

“But I never asked anybody how.”

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