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MUSIC . . . NIETZSCHE CD'S

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Few people know that the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was also a composer of some accomplishment, and two new CDs should introduce his music to a wider audience. One CD consists of 16 works for the piano, while the other disc contains 16 songs set to poems by Nietzsche, Rčckert, Pushkin and others. Most of the pieces on both CD's were composed in Nietzsche's youth, between 1861 1864. The piano works show a definite lack of formal training but a "true melodic gift," says TIME reviewer Elliott Ravetz, and the songs are "genuinely affecting."