[Critic Eduard Hanslick] once described the Prelude to Tristan and Isolde as “the painting of a martyr whose intestines are slowly unwound” and the composer as a “boneless tonal mollusk.”
It leaves out my favourite musician’s response to negative criticism, composer Max Reger’s short letter to critic Rudolf Louis:
I am sitting in the smallest room of my house. I have your review before me. In a moment it will be behind me!