"Absolutely grossing reading…I loved every minutiae of it. I recommend it to all with a bent ear."
— Pinchas Zukerman
"As with all of Peter Schickele’s musical musings, this is superb humor reflecting a boundless knowledge of the world of music."
— Victor Borge
An "eminently readable and vastly enjoyable book."
— Isaac Stern
"But how can I explain to outsiders the humor so delicate, the mirth evanescent, the je ne sais quoi of this handsome and hilarious book?"
— Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times