German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, composer and scholar Friedrich Nietzsche was born on 15 October 1844 and grew up in Röcken near Leipzig. He showed early talent in music and languages, and studied at Schulpforta and at the University of Bonn.
He was the youngest ever professor of classical philology at Basel in Switzerland. His work includes the philosophical novel Also sprach Zarathustra which inspired the tone poem by Richard Strauss.
Nietzsche died on 25 August 1900
A selection of M&V articles about Friedrich Nietzsche
Thus Spoke Nietzsche - Daniel Sampaio marks some interesting anniversaries
CD Spotlight. Powerful and Concise - Blomstedt conducts Richard Strauss, heard by Robert Anderson. '... a composer of infinite promise ...'
Ensemble. Awakening of Nature - Mahler's Third Symphony, appreciated by Giuseppe Pennisi
Record Box. An Unfolding Cycle - Gergiev conducts Mahler, heard by Patric Standford
CD Spotlight. Also Sprach Richard Strauss - 'An Alpine Symphony', enjoyed by George Balcombe. '... beguiling music.'
Legendary generosity - Remembering Constance Keene (1921-2005): an appreciation, by John Bell Young
CD Spotlight. Stirring optimism - A new release from the Nietzsche Music Project, examined by John Bell Young. '... intelligible and convincing.'