Quotation by E.T.A.W. Hoffmann

Is it the breath, merely, of the performer on a wind- instrument, or the skillful, supple fingers of the performer on a stringed instrument which evoke those tones which lay upon us a spell of such power, and awaken that inexpressible feeling, akin to nothing else on earth—the sense of a distant spirit world, and of our own higher life in it? Is it not, rather, the mind, the soul, the heart, which merely employ those bodily organs to give forth into our external life what we feel in our inner depths?
E.T.A.W. (Ernst Theodor Amadeus Wilhelm) Hoffmann (1776–1822), German author, composer. "Automata," trans. by Alexander Ewing, The Best Tales of Hoffmann, p. 95, ed. E.F. Bleiler, Dover (1967).

The tale's central figure, music enthusiast Lewis, to his friend and confidant Ferdinand.
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