Quote Originally Posted by Gerald C Koch View Post
Johannes Brahms was always his own severest critic. When he knew he would soon die, he destroyed all but a very few of his unpublished manuscripts. He did this to ensure that he would be known for only his best work. Other artists have done the same thing. In most cases the fact that films were never developed indicates that the photographer did not believe they contained any memorable images.
And I think Brahms was right in doing that too. It shouldn't have to be that way, but unfortunately there has always been the foolish tendency to try finish what was left unfinished. Mahler, Bruckner and others have been victims of this sort of stupidity.