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Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2005 19:24:22 +0000

The NIETZSCHE CIRCLE with the support of Deutsches Haus presents


A recital and lecture by Dr. Benjamin Moritz

Is it possible to hear Nietzsche's compositions anew? To reconsider them in 
a different light and make a fresh assessment of works which have suffered 
from preexisting prejudices? Please join us for this unique event wherein 
Dr. Moritz will examine Nietzsche's music and its relationship to his 
thought, seeing it as another form of experimentation for the philosopher. 
This event will feature a live performance of music by Nietzsche and Chopin. 
A dialogue with the audience will follow after which there will be a wine 
and cheese reception.

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Friedrich Nietzsche’s music has long held an unusual place in his works, 
considered by many in the philosophical world as an amateurish indulgence 
and almost completely ignored by those in the musical world. Publicly 
available only through the efforts of Curt Paul Janz, the music is difficult 
to find and even more difficult to properly evaluate. Additionally, members 
of the discipline best suited to evaluating his compositions - music - 
frequently harbor preexisting prejudices against the writer who so bitterly 
attacked the revered (if not always beloved) Richard Wagner. Even in 
Frederick Love’s short work, Young Nietzsche and the Wagnerian Experience - 
the most substantial analysis of Nietzsche's music to date - the 
compositions are examined only in reference to Nietzsche's relationship with 
Wagner. By ignoring the music itself, the musical world has deprived itself 
of several pieces worthy of admittance to the standard performing repertoire 
and the philosophical world has missed an opportunity to observe an 
important facet of Nietzsche's inherently interdisciplinary philosophy.

Nietzsche's musical output - concentrated in his early years - provided him 
with a medium in which to experiment and refine ideas that would later 
reappear in more finished forms in his mature works. When specific instances 
of musical experimentation are examined, a pattern of musical ‘prototypes’ 
emerges in which Nietzsche utilizes musical composition to extrapolate the 
effects of altering accepted concepts. I will perform several of Nietzsche's 
works and discuss their unique attributes in relation to his simultaneous 
intellectual development. In particular, I will focus on two of his musical 
experiments: the rhetorical use of tonality within formal structures, and 
the application of ancient Greek theories of rhythm.


Pianist Dr. Benjamin Moritz has performed as a soloist throughout the world, 
including recent recitals in Bolivia, Turkey, Cyprus and the United States. 
He received his Bachelor of Music from Bradley University, his Master of 
Music degree from Indiana University, and his Doctorate of Music from 
Northwestern University. He is a frequent performer at summer festivals, 
including the Val Tidone festival in Italy and the Blue Lake Summer Arts 
Festival in Michigan. A strong proponent of chamber music, Moritz frequently 
performs with artists throughout Wisconsin, and gives frequent recitals with 
Turkish cellist Özgür Elgün. The duo recently performed at the Chicago 
Cultural Center, and has given recitals in Cyprus and Turkey, including the 
prestigious Istanbul Philharmonic Chamber Music Series.

Dr. Moritz has also done extensive research into the music of Friedrich 
Nietzsche, and has given numerous lecture recitals and talks concerning 
connections between his philosophy and music. An active pedagogue, Dr. 
Moritz has given master classes and seminars at universities and 
conservatories throughout the world. Most recently he was the guest speaker 
and performer at the Gladys Frisch Harris Piano Festival at Hastings 
College, and gave master classes at Bursa Conservatory in Turkey.


Saturday, November 19th
NYU’s Deutsches Haus
42 Washington Mews (-AT- University Place)
7 PM

Admission: $5

Thank you for your support and interest and we look forward to seeing you at 
our events. Books will be available for purchase at our events including the 
works of Nietzsche as well as works by those who have spoken on behalf of 
the Nietzsche Circle, including such eminent scholars as Dr. Walter Sokel.

"How little is needed for happiness! . . . Without music life would be a 

- Nietzsche

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