E.T.A. Hoffman

"Beethoven's music sets in motion the machinery of awe, of fear, of terror, of pain and awakens that infinite yearning which is the essence of romanticism."

-Ernst Theodor Wilhelm Hoffmann (1776-1822) was a German author most famous for his novelette The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, which served as the foundation for Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker.