Here is what the great composer Edvard Grieg had to say about one of his own works:
It is an immensely difficult subject, and I've done something to the Mountain King, that I myself find unable to listen to - it reeks of cow-dung, Norwegian-Norwegianess and absorbed in it's own Norwegianess! But I expect the irony to be pungent, especially when Peer, after the ordeal with the Mountain King utters against his will 'Both the dance and the playing was [cat scratchily] beautiful.'"
We really are our own worst critics, no? Read the rest here: In The Hall of the Mountain King
Currently listening to: Jean Sibelius - Rigaudon, Op. 78 No. 4