Wagner said this . . .
I'm not quite certain what I really was intended for; I only remember that one night I heard for the first time a symphony of Beethoven's performed, that it set me in a fever, I fell ill, and on my recovery had become a musician.
Oddly, Ian MacCulloch of Echo and the Bunnymen said exactly the same thing about seeing David Bowie doing Starman on Top of the Pops.