Dmitri Shostakovich - the 1900's
from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, page 286:
To a certain extent, I feel that the formula ‘the end justifies the means’ is permissible in music. All means? Yes, if they convey the required meaning. As a rule, when I listen to music I do not think about how it is written… I do not analyse it, but rather perceive it emotionally. I normally think of analyzing music only if it appears cold and leaves no impression (to understand why this is so, what is the reason for its failure) or if it is so gripping … more >>
Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 286. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1458319453155 accessed: 9 December, 2023
Excerpt from 'Yunost', No. 5, 1968.