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Nietzsche on Music: The Subtle Sounds of Discord
A study in music theory as perceived by German philosopher/musician/composer, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).
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An examination of Nietzsche's philosophies of music which are still applicable today, and can be seen as the foundation of modern music theory. Nietzsche extensively employed the terms "Dionysian" and "Apollonian" in his conjectures about music. These are terms that are in reference to Plato and his suppositions about simple, ordered and unassuming music (Apollonian) versus irrational, anarchic, chaotic music (Dionysian).

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"German Philosopher/Musician/Composer, Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) was particularly interested in what he believed to have been the higher quality of life that prevailed in certain periods of history, such as the Italian renaissance, the classic era of the Greeks, and Moorish civilizations in Spain. While most art forms were included under a single umbrella in Nietzsche's philosophies, he wrote extensively about music and musicians as a unique and separate entity."

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