The Music of Nietzsche, Vol. 2
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Did you know that this world-famous philosopher was also a composer?

This second volume of compositions by Friedrich Nietzsche begins with works he wrote in 1864, just before his twentieth birthday. During this year, he completed his schooling and commenced studies in philology and theology at the University of Bonn. It was the most productive year in his career as a composer, at least if one considers the quantity of finished works. These include his only completed piece of chamber music, a fantasy for violin and piano, and a song cycle. With the beginning of his university studies, his desire to express himself through music diminished. During his studies in Bonn and later in Leipzig, he wrote only a few occasional compositions: one song, a few small choral works, and some incomplete sketches for larger works. His connection with music took another, more fateful turn through his encounter with Richard Wagner. It was in Leipzig, in November 1868, that Nietzsche met Wagner for the first time. The ensuing friendship with the master and his wife became a matter of pivotal importance for his life, and really provided the impetus for his literary career. On his further development as a composer, however, this relationship seems to have had little influence. After a hiatus of several years during which Nietzsche did not write music at all, there followed a relatively short period, between 1871 and 1874, when he again took up composition. At that time, he had established himself as Professor of Philology at the University of Basel.
Contents:
Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Eine Sylvesternacht
Sven Meier, violin, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Beschworung
Valerie Kinslow, soprano, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Nachspiel
Valerie Kinslow, soprano, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Ständchen
Valerie Kinslow, soprano, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Unendlich
Valerie Kinslow, soprano, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Verwelkt
Valerie Kinslow, soprano, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Ungewitter
Valerie Kinslow, soprano, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Gern und gerner
Valerie Kinslow, soprano, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Das Kind an die erloschene Kerze
Valerie Kinslow, soprano, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Es winkt und neigt sich
Erik Oland, baritone, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Junge Fischeerin
Erik Oland, baritone, Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
O weint um sie
Orpheus Singers, Peter Schubert, conductor

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Herbstlich sonnige Tage
Orpheus Singers, Peter Schubert, conductor

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Ade! Ich muss nun gehen
Orpheus Singers, Peter Schubert, conductor

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Das "Fragment an sich"
Lauretta Altman, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Kirchengeschichtliches Reponsorium
Orpheus Singers, Peter Schubert, conductor

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Monodie a deux (Lob der Barmherzigkeit
Lauretta Altman, Wolfgang Bottenberg, piano

Friedrich Nietzsche, composer
Gebet an das Leben
Valerie Kinslow, soprano, Lauretta Altman, piano

Review:
"Friedrich Nietzsche is rightfully known as a philosopher. In his youth he was also a pianist, poet, and composer. He clearly had a talent in these areas but not a major one. Wagner's influence is evident." (American Record Guide)
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