profession is very far from the tumult of arms and from the reasons of
that cause them to be taken up. I occupy myself with notes, with words
with sounds. I exercise myself in the study of a sweet symphony: when I
French airs with those of the Germans and Italians, it is not in order
incite a war, but it is rather, perhaps, a prelude to the harmony of
nations and to amiable peace."
Georg Muffat (1653–1704), a truly European composer.