Friedrich Nietzsche

Photograph of Friedrich Nietzsche, c. 1869.
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (1844 – 1900). 1

Known predominantly as a German philosopher, poet, and philologist, Nietzsche also played piano and composed solo music for the instrument.

As a young man, Nietzsche aspired not to be a great philosopher but rather a great musician.  He played the piano and seems to have been at least an entertaining improvisationalist.  From his teens, he attempted composition in various traditional forms, writing mostly for piano.
Solomon & Higgins from What Nietzsche Said 2
God has given us music so that above all it can lead us upwards.  Music unites all qualities: it can exalt us, divert us, cheer us up, or break the hardest of hearts with the softest of its melancholy tones.  But its principal task is to lead our thoughts to higher things, to elevate, even to make us tremble…
Nietzche from Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography 3
How little is required for pleasure! The sound of a bagpipe.  Without music, life would be an error.  The German imagines even God sings songs.
Nietzche from Twilight of the Idols, or, How to Philosophize with a Hammer 4
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Page Sources

Nagualdesign.  "Portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche, c. 1869."  Photograph.  Commons Wikimedia.  Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., 21 May. 2014.  Web.  12 Aug. 2019.  Public Domain.
Solomon Robert C., and Kathleen M. Higgins.  What Nietzche Really Said.  New York: Random House, Inc., 2000: P. 30.  Print.
Young, Julian.  Friedrich Nietzche: A Philosophical Biography.  New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010: P. 37.  Print.
Nietzche, Friedrich.  Twilight of the Idols: How to Philosophize with a Hammer.  R.J. Hollingdale & Walter Kaufmann, trans.  Scotts Valley: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform: P. 8.  Print.