I am quite powerless when obliged to compose for an instrument I cannot bear.Mozart needs no introduction other than perhaps a notice that today is his birthday. One peculiarity about his was that while he wrote some splendid flute music (the lovely flautist Mrs. Borepatch says his is some of the best flute music out there), he positively detested the instrument. Perhaps it's a testament to his unmatched genius that he could make an instrument that he didn't like sound like this.
- Mozart, in a letter to his father
Bootnote: While he did say that in his letter, the idea that Mozart hated the flute is disputed.