Friedrich Nietzsche

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 Bonn University.

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 articles about Friedrich Nietzsche

Echoes of Oblivion by Robert McCarney - Going for a Song

Ensemble. Rediscovering Scriabin - Italian pianist Mariangela Vacatello plays Scriabin from memory, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi

Ensemble. Meeting Performance Challenges Head-on - Music by Britten, Anna Clyne, Richard Strauss and Johann Strauss II from the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain impresses Mike Wheeler

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.'