The first great work of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), The Birth of Tragedy from the Spirit of Music, already reflected his genuine interest in music as a subject of philosophical reflection. But for Nietzsche it was also an art worth learning and cultivating. An excellent pianist and meritorious composer, he soon gave up any serious intention of taking music up professionally, although it would remain central in his writings and concerns. This series shows the different facets of Nietzsche’s rich relation with the art of sounds: the polemicist who loved and hated −always to an extreme degree− Wagner, the composer who left a catalogue of over 40 works and the poet who inspired a significant corpus of lieder. The musical performances will alternate with readings of relevant excerpts from his philosophical output.
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