THE MELODIES OF NIETZSCHE

THE GREAT PHILOSOPHER WAS ALSO A NICE LITTLE COMPOSER

"WITHOUT MUSIC, LIFE would be an error," Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote. The influential German philosopher (1844-1900) had an abiding, often passionate interest in music and wrote celebrated treatises both for and against the work of Wagner. Yet only a few specialists know that Nietzsche composed music himself.

Though the publication of Nietzsche's complete scores in 1976 brought his music to the attention of scholars, two fine CDs from Newport Classic should introduce it to a wider audience. In Piano Music of Friedrich Nietzsche, John Bell Young plays 14 solo works and is joined by Constance Keene in two pieces for four...

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