Excerpt from The Letters of a Leipzig Cantor, Vol. 1: Being the Letters of Moritz Hauptmann to Franz Hauser, Ludwig Spohr, and Other Musicians
Brought up as he was for an architect, early and accurate training had familiarised him with the laws of construction. He had many of the qualifications of a great critic, main taining his independence of thought in the midst of various and conﬂicting Opinions. He was no indiscriminate wor shipper of Handel, and thought it aﬂectafion to admire unreservedly the songs in Sebastian Bach's famous Mass. Yet a certain innate conservatism blinded him to the obvious tendencies of the age; it was long before he recognized the full significance of Beethoven, and he abhorred Wagner. On the other hand, he sturdily defended Berlioz at a time when Berlioz stood in need of defenders, and he was one of the first to appreciate the genius of Schumann. He left behind him the memory of an unblemished existence, consecrated with pure devotion to the best interests of Art.
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