The German composer, who died 100 years ago yesterday, is best known for his response to a hostile critic: ‘I am sitting in the smallest room of my house. I have your review before me. In a moment, it will be behind.’
But there is another bon mot for which he should be remembered:
‘Das Schwein und der Künstler werden erst nach ihrem Tode geschätzt.’
The pig and the artist are only appreciated after their death.
Not always, Maxi, and not by everyone.