The Music of Nietzsche, Vol. 1
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE The Music of Nietzsche, Vol. 1 TROY178 - Price: $16.99
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The world-famous philosopher also composed music. Rare offerings.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was fully conscious of his significance as a thinker who would deeply influence the direction of philosophical inquiry of future generations. His reputation as a philosopher is firmly established, but before he engaged himself fully as a philosopher, he had already created a substantial output as poet and composer. Musical composition preceded his involvement with philosophy and is therefore usually considered to be of little importance for an understanding of his thought. Nietzsche himself, however, considered it important that at least some of his music should be known in order to avoid misunderstandings of his basic intentions as a philosopher. In a letter from October 1887, he wrote: "...there has never been a philosopher who has been in essence a musician to such an extent as I am." However, when it came to his music, he did not display his usual assertion of superiority. In the same letter he says: "Even so, it is possible that I might be a thoroughly unsuccessful musician." During his lifetime, his compositions were not accepted as significant, either by his friends or by a wider public. Even after his name had become universally known, his compositions have either remained unknown or have only been accepted as biographical curiosities. Most of his music was written between the ages of 13 and 22. It is the purpose of these recordings to make the sound of these compositions accessible, so that a judgment concerning their style and their value can be made by the listener without having to rely on the judgment of others, even if those others are of the stature of Richard Wagner and Hans von Bulow. This first volume contains music Nietzsche composed before the age of 20. This disc contains a very detailed commentary on his emotional and intellectual development. Since he composed without a teacher, without regular instruction, and with very little external encouragement, this music is also a vivid demonstration of his innate impulse for self-expression, of his independence and of his willingness to accept risk and potential failure.
Contents:
Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Allegro
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Hoch tut euch auf
Orpheus Singers, Peter Schubert, conductor

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Einleitung
Lauretta Altman, Wolfgang Bottenberg, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Phantasie
Lauretta Altman, Wolfgang Bottenberg, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Miserere
Orpheus Singers, Peter Schubert, conductor

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Einleitung
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Huter, ist die Nacht bald hin?
Orpheus Singers, Peter Schubert, conductor

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Presto
Lauretta Altman, Wolfgang Bottenberg, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Mein Platz vor der Tur
Valerie Kinslow, soprano, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Heldenklage
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Klavierstuck
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Ungarischer Marsch
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Zigeunertanz
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Edes titok
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Aus der Jugendzeit
Erik Oland, baritone, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
So lach doch mal
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Da geht ein Bach
Valerie Kinslow, soprano, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Da geht ein Bach
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Im Mondschein auf der Puszta
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Mazurka
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Aus der Czarda
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Das zerbrochene Ringlein
Erik Oland, baritone, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Albumblatt
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Wie sich Rebenranken schwingen
Valerie Kinslow, soprano, Lauretta Altman, piano

Review:
"Yes, this is Friedrich Nietzsche the philosopher... The twenty-five works on the disc include solo piano pieces, piano duets, songs for female and male voice, and choral works... The pieces show an influence of several masters from the early to mid nineteenth century; Schubert and Mendelssohn are obvious models for the earliest works, while Schumann begins to exert more influence around 1862, in such piano pieces as Heldenklage and Klavierstuck... A must for many in the academic community... Those simply curious will find the music stimulating, more on historical grounds than in its own right. Succeeding volumes of the project should be of even greater interest." (Fanfare)
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