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Nietzsche at the piano: "life without music would be a mistake"

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Nietzsche at the piano: "life without music would be a mistake"

During a large part of his life, by author of 'Thus spoke Zarathustra' preferred music as best way to communicate with world. Now, a disk rediscovers works for piano that he wrote

Nietzsche said that music was a spell. A witch that perverts and absorbs. And that had nothing to do ir origin with muses or sirens, was said by or philosophers.

The music, said divine Friedrich, is tragic and melancholy. And he was sure that he had never known a philosopher that in essence would have been a musician. He proclaimed himself as an exception. So he wrote to his friend and confessor Peter Gast: "life without music is simply an error, a fatigue, an exile". It was in year 1877, in September. Nietzsche was only 33 years old and he was 23 for die. 140 years later, pianist Dutch Jeroen van Veen has just delivered most serious effort for spreading compositions of philosopher on a disk called Nietzsche. Piano music.

Some facts are well known: Nietzsche was born with a talent essential. With only 14 years he was admitted to prestigious school Schulpforta of Naumburgo. There he struggled to learn to play piano with good technique, in addition to learning how to write music.

What were influences that Nietzsche apprentice musician? The student, obsessed with history of German culture, devouring classic canon: Bach, Handel, Beethoven, Mozart... But it was something more visceral that he did he fell in love with Wagner. Later he would confront him with passion.

In 1868, 24 years old, Nietzsche met Richard Wagner in Basel, shortly after declared useless for military service by a fall from a horse in Naumburgo.

For a few years, composer and student were very good friends. They discussed and improvised music toger. Friedrich became a regular visitor at Wahnfried, home of Richard. At one point Wagner, gave him a room at his own residence. Until a day of new year, neir Wagner nor his wife Cosima wanted to give shelter. For m, Nietzsche had finished.

The grievance intimate made fan start to hate ir idol. Nietzsche saw in Wagner symbol par excellence of what it hated and feared by decadent, a populist, demagogic and vulgar. In short, it was Wagner's contempt for popular that had fallen on his or idol, Schopenhauer, dishonored in that time.

Your philosopher's favorite proclaimed that music was true expression of world. And even with hated Wagner on dial of brain, Nietzsche wrote small musical compositions, lieder, sketches at piano. Reflections of his philosophy melancholic as a human being, vulnerable and familiar. For example, put music to a poem of his aunt Rosalie. Wrote Heldenklage just as broke as a philosopher.

it Is possible that he himself believed more a musician than a thinker, because she asked that orquestara its music director, Hans Von Bullow, husband of daughter of Liszt, Cosima, n wife of Wagner. He had presented his Overture to Manfred. What answered him and Von Bulow? We said that Nietzsche had contempt for all rules of composition, even that jumped around most elementary laws of harmony. The score came at hands of Robert Schumann. Mocked so much that she even made a parody to which he gave name of Manfred meditation. We were in remote year of 1874.

Then, to Nietzsche, he squirmed in his own ego. In Ecce Homo, he writes that only thing that is required of himself is his work in music. In ir self-centeredness came to write that does not admit that it ever made a German could get to know what was music. Only him. Felt not-German, as if to fight a fratricidal struggle in his subconscious for a approach as a pianist at music of Polish-French Frédéric Chopin.

today, re are more anecdotes between Nietzsche and Wagner's own compositions. Many of m would have been lost if musicologist Curt Paul Janz is not would have occurred to begin to collect musical works of Nietzsche, back in 70s of past century. At end of that decade he published Der musikalische Nachlass ("farm music" in German), a set of works complete and incomplete philosopher. The conclusion of dossier was that where Nietzsche did not come with word, he arrived with his music.

At 44 years of age, Friedrich Nietzsche suffered his great collapse cerebral. Never recovered. During his last 11 years of life was unable to speak or write, but if you play piano, only light that was in his brain.

over time we have come to understand that his work birth of tragedy is captioned from spirit of basic for something. The aist Nietzsche came to sentencing that life desired by Creator would not make sense without music, because without music life would be a mistake. The same thing that without love, without grace, and absolute power, God would not be God. It would be " failed concept". Almost a devil lame. He said: "God has died". That is why, for Nietzsche, music is justification of world and of life.

we will Never know if Nietzsche wanted most in world of seven notes, or to or love of his life, Lou Andreas-Salomé. The human soul it seems that it was more important that standards of music. is that's why I sought hopelessly to innovate musical styles. Perhaps his masterpiece in that sense outside Monodie to doge, a small music written for two souls friends who were getting married.

Hymns, marches, and ears

we Can have pity for compositions of Friedrich Nietzsche. Or we may not have it as did ir colleagues musical, better and better equipped than he for writing. What is certain is that not have left a vestige outstanding or lasting. The philosopher was a great fan of, with certain powers to imagine meodías, but never to have been able to get to level of your critic Robert Schumann, and much less to ir friend/enemy Wagner.

Even so, Nietzsche's Piano Music, Jeroen Van Veen (edited with seal of Billiant Classics), is an interesting experience, and not only because y awaken intellectual curiosity of readers of Philosophy. It is a good tribute to Nietzsche composer, that includes 19 pieces including hymns, marches, and even ears. Anyone who wants to know more of fílósofo as a musician, you can continue by an excellent book of Blas Matamoros, titled Nietzsche and music.

From all this it follows that for Nietzsche composition was something more than his own life. It was stimulating of his life. Like many of us.


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