Acts of Piety

In his Remarks on Frazer’s “Golden Bough”, Ludwig Wittgenstein writes:

“Recall that, after Schubert’s death, his brother cut some of Schubert’s scores into small pieces and gave each piece, consisting of a few bars, to his favourite pupils. And this act, as a sign of piety, is just as understandable as the different one of keeping the scores untouched, accessible to no one. If Schubert’s brother had burned the scores, that, too, would be understandable as an act of piety.”

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