Music: Successor to Beethoven?

My wife coming in at that moment and finding me with a discomposed face, exclaimed: "Some new misfortune? Courage!"

"No, no, quite the contrary."

"What, then?"

"Paganini has sent me—20,000 francs."

Hector Berlioz was 35 at the time of the gift he thus described in his memoirs; Nicolò Paganini was 56, a cancer-ridden invalid no longer bewitching the public with his Guarnerius. But to Paganini, "Beethoven had at last a successor" in Berlioz, and the gift was an invitation to "write more divine compositions." Berlioz obliged with one of his most stunning works—the long "Dramatic Symphony," Romeo...

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