Edward Elgar to Edward Speyer, quoted in Jerrold Northrop Moore, Edward Elgar: A Creative Life (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1984), 560.
[When I was a boy] the world of music was opening & one learnt fresh great works every week — Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. Nothing in later life can be even a shadow of those “learning” days: now, when one knows all the music and all the mechanism of composition, the old mysterious glamour is gone and the feeling of entering — shy, but welcomed — into the world of the immortals & wandering in these vast woods . . . with their clear pasture spaces & sunlight (always there, though sometimes hidden), is a holy feeling & a sensation never to come again, unless our passage into the next world shall be a greater and fuller experience of the same warm, loving and growing trust — this I doubt.