If you are at all serious about music, or art of any kind, get it and read it.
Mr. Abell was an American who spoke candidly with the greatest composers of his day about their art, and how they received and dealt with inspiration. Between 1890 and 1917 he had very deep and insightful talks with Puccini, Richard Strauss, Engelbert Humperdinck, Max Bruch, Grieg, and Brahms.
It's a fascinating and powerful look at the workings of real genius. Every paragraph is amazing.
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