Ludwig van Beethoven

"The Italians ought to look into that mirror. What have they to show for all their re-nowned conservatories? Well, their idol Rossini! If Fortuna had not made him a present of a pretty talent and of amorous melodies by the bushel, what he carried from school could barely feed his belly with potatoes."

"This rascal Rossini, who is not respected by a single master of his art!"

-Taken, in his own hand writing, from his conversation books. Clearly, he's not a he basically said if divine luck hadn't given him talent, he's too stupid to have learned anything at music school. If you search "Rossini" in the box on the right, you can see another one of Beethoven's "anti-Rossini" quotes, which is just as scathing.