Leonard Bernstein: There is a special excitement here, since the cause of all this rejoicing is Vienna's own Ludwig van Beethoven, who is, let's face it, the greatest composer who ever lived.

Leonard Bernstein: Music was the un-neurotic part of Beethoven.

Leonard Bernstein: It's almost like celebrating the birthday of music itself.

Leonard Bernstein: [speaking about the opera "Fidelio"] The sublime quartet which follows is the first moment when we realize that we are dealing with no mere musical comedy, but with the mysterious inner world of Beethoven the Great.

[There follows the quartet "Ich mit so wunderbar"]