A great composition to me is.. an incarnation of a genius, of all that was ever in him of the slightest consequence.
Preface to Ten Composers, August 1944.
For the game is everlasting only insofar as we keep returning to it for delights put into it by countless boys of all ages.Neville Cardus
Dear, lovely game of cricket that can stir us so profoundly, that can lift up our hearts and break them.Neville Cardus
A cultured aromatist.Neville Cardus
If a German or an Austrian, a Greek or a Bashibazouk, had composed Gerontius, the whole world would have by now admitted its qualities.Neville Cardus
It is the only one in existence that might conceivably have been composed by God.Neville Cardus
Even an ordinary broken chord is made to disclose rare beauties; we are reminded of the fairies' hazelnuts in which diamonds were concealed but you could break the shell only if your hands were blessed.Neville Cardus
Sibelius justified the austerity of his old age by saying that while other composers were engaged in manufacturing cocktails, he offered the public pure cold water.Neville Cardus