Si j'était menacé de voir brûler mon oeuvre entière, moins une partition, c'est pour la Messe des Morts que je demanderais grâce.

If I were threatened with seeing the destruction of all of my works, save for one score, it is the Requiem for which I would ask mercy.

Hector Berlioz, letter to his friend Humbert Ferrand, 11 I 1867. Lettres intimes, Paris, 1882, pp. 302-3.

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