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Nietzsche: Piano Music / Van Veen


Release Date: 08/18/2017 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 2195492  
Composer:  Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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 Read more 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. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Heldenklage by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Germany 
2.
Ungarischer Marsch by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Germany 
3.
Edes Titok by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Germany 
4.
So lach doch mal by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Germany 
5.
Da geht ein Bach by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Germany 
6.
Im Mondschein auf der Puszta by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Germany 
7.
Ermanarich by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Germany 
8.
Polish Dances (2) for Piano: no 1, Mazurka by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Germany 
9.
Polish Dances (2) for Piano: no 2, Aus der Czarda by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Germany 
10.
Das zerbrochene Ringlein by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Germany 
11.
Albumblatt by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 
12.
Das "Fragment an sich" by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
13.
Hymnus an die Freundschaft by Friedrich Nietzsche
Performer:  Jeroen van Veen (Piano)
Period: Romantic 
Written: Germany 

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