Dmitri Shostakovich - the 1900's
from Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times, page 297:
Beethoven is one of the composers I love most dearly. There are none of his works which I would not like to hear again and again. Both in my early years and later, his work has been a powerful influence on me. Many of my compositions came about under the direct influence of his genius. And he is still with me today. For me his work will always be linked with the great ideals of freedom and the struggle for man's happiness.
Dmitri Shostakovich, and L. Grigoryev and Ya. Platek (ed.), Dmitry Shostakovich-About Himself and His Times (Moscow, 1981), p. 297. https://led.kmi.open.ac.uk/entity/lexp/1458565095793 accessed: 7 December, 2022
Listening tohide composers
Excerpt from 'Vechernaya Moskva', 15 Dec., 1970.