GilesAnt wrote:I read it the same as you - but was just pointing out that some famous names preferred perfection to completion. In fact Brahms famously destroyed any works he thought less than perfect.
He took 21 years to write his first symphony...destroyed everything he did that was "Less than perfect"?
Than Brahms wasn't very good, he wasted his life bashing his broken clock of a head against a brick wall until it was right twice a day? Mozart wrote symphonies in his HEAD before he was 10 years old...He ENJOYED it, so no big thing.
Brahms was in the wrong line of work...If you are meant to do something, it's never that difficult. And no piece of music is worth living like that, the guy must have had a miserable like.
I feel really sorry for him, and anyone who may still buy the fairy story of that being "Noble" or "Romantic" or even "artistic"...What it ACTUALLY is is "B.S"
No matter what line of work you are in, I suggest that this is the one guy, who if you wake up and resemble him in any way...You QUIT that line of work and never look back.