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Nietzsche: Piano Music


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Like countless other well-educated German lads, Friedrich Nietzsche took up the piano as a child, and immersed himself in the world of Beethoven and Schumann. But unlike most of them, he pursued music with a single-minded devotion which would later distinguish his philosophical writings. During his teenage years he composed fugues, sonatas and fantasies, as well as more ambitious works such as a Mass, a Miserere, even a Christmas Oratorio: a sublime irony coming from one whose most infamous pronouncement would be that ‘God is dead. We have killed him.’ University studies in Basel put paid both to his Christianity, but when he returned to composition he wrote songs which are now the best-known part of his own music, and have received several recordings. Having composed the Hymn to Friendship in 1874, at the ripe age of 24, he gave up writing music for several years but returned to itlater in life, and he could still play Beethoven sonatas by heart once afflicted by the ravages of syphilis. Even the editor of his music considered that as a composer, Nietzsche was amateurish and lacked originality, in thrall as he was to the German masters of the first half of the 19th century. However, the piano miniatures recorded here present a fascinating window into the creative mind of a still-lofty figure in Western thought. For Nietzsche, music first and foremost was a way to express thoughts and feelings that could not be conveyed in words. Composing was also a means of experimentation, as showed by Das Fragment ‘An sich’, a miniature in music, to be repeated a non-stipulated amount of times. But even in this pre-Minimal piece, Nietzsche seems to focus mostly on the emotions, suggesting the repetitions shouldbe performed con maliconia, with melancholy. With his vast experience performing and recording (for Brilliant Classics) the Minimalist compositions of our time, Jeroen van Veen is the ideal pianist to undertake such music.
Facts
Item number BRI95492
Barcode 5028421954929
Release date 8/18/2017
Category Classical Music
Label BRILLIANT CLASSICS
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Veen, Jeroen van
Disc: 1
Heldenklage00:01:54
1 Heldenklage 00:02:22 Veen, Jeroen van
Ungarischer Marsch00:01:28
2 Ungarischer Marsch 00:02:32 Veen, Jeroen van
Edes titok00:02:02
3 Edes titok 00:03:12 Veen, Jeroen van
So lach doch mal00:01:27
4 So lach doch mal 00:01:49 Veen, Jeroen van
Da geht ein Bach (version for piano solo)00:01:50
5 Da geht ein Bach (version for piano solo) 00:01:58 Veen, Jeroen van
Im Mondschein auf der Puszta00:01:16
6 Im Mondschein auf der Puszta 00:01:43 Veen, Jeroen van
Ermanarich00:07:10
7 Ermanarich 00:10:45 Veen, Jeroen van
Unserer Altvordern eingedenk00:04:00
8 I. Mazurka 00:01:34 Veen, Jeroen van
9 II. Aus der Czarda 00:02:01 Veen, Jeroen van
Das zerbrochene Ringlein (arr. for piano)00:03:58
10 Das zerbrochene Ringlein (arr. for piano) 00:05:39 Veen, Jeroen van
Albumblatt00:02:18
11 Albumblatt 00:03:49 Veen, Jeroen van
Das Fragment an sich00:02:03
12 Das Fragment an sich 00:04:51 Veen, Jeroen van
Hymnus an die Freundschaft00:19:51
13 I. Vorspiel 00:05:04 Veen, Jeroen van
14 II. Hymnus erste Strophe 00:01:40 Veen, Jeroen van
15 III. Erstes Zwischenspiel 00:06:33 Veen, Jeroen van
16 IV. Hymnus zweite Strophe 00:01:32 Veen, Jeroen van
17 V. Zweites Zwischenspiel5'10 00:05:10 Veen, Jeroen van
18 VI. seht Fest 00:01:26 Veen, Jeroen van
19 VII. Hymnus dritte Strophe 00:02:48 Veen, Jeroen van
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