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, 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.