Quotation by E.T.A.W. Hoffmann

Is it not in the most absolute simplicity that real genius plies its pinions the most wonderfully?
E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776–1822), German author, composer. The Serapion Brethren. By Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann, vol. I, sect. 4, p. 439, trans. by Alexander Ewing, George Bell and Sons (1908).

Theodore to his fellow Serapion Brethren, about the simplicity of older church music and the importance of strict adherence to demands of genre in music.
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