This comes from Ludwig Wittgenstein's Culture and Value, a posthumously edited collection of fragments and notes. On page 21e, Wittgenstein includes a passage of written music that he refers to as, "the end of a theme which I cannot place." Can anyone here place it?


  • Based on a short Google Books snippet, Wittgenstein seems to suggest the passage is from Brahms. Can you confirm? – Aaron Jul 23 at 20:49
  • I assume you're referring to the paragraph above the theme written out on p. 21? I'm not sure whether it is connected to the music which follows. If it's helpful, that paragraph is: "There is definitely a certain sort of kinship between Brahms and Mendelssohn; but I do not mean that shown by the individual passages in Brahms's works which are reminiscent of passages of Mendelssohn, – the kinship I am speaking of could be better expressed by saying that Brahms does with complete rigour what Mendelssohn did only half-rigorously. Or: often Brahms is Mendelssohn without the flaws." – Erick Verran Jul 24 at 2:05

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