E. T. A. Hoffmann
“The mystery of music is that it finds an inexhaustible source where speech falls silent” – the most mystically disposed writer Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann said.
He turned his third name from Wilhelm to Amadeus in homage to Mozart whom he loved with all his heart. And he could very possibly have gained the glory of a composer if he had found time enough to work in this sphere. However, after a very short period of work as a bandmaster in the Bamberg theatre and then as an orchestra conductor in Dresden and Leipzig, Hoffmann, a lawyer by education, trained in the Koenigsberg University, became a magistrate for the rest of his life.
Dissatisfied with his life, Ernst Theodor Amadeus often spent evenings in a wineshop, and then, at nights, indulged in writing tales and stories conveying the sombre visions and weird fantasies visiting his restless mind. Yet, at the assigned time every morning, he appeared in his office and worked assiduously till twilight.