Nietzsche and Beethoven
Nietzsche as Music Critic


Richard Wagner


As we already pointed out in the introduction to this section and as Helmut Walther relates in his internet articles, Nietzsche's involvement with music also extended to music criticism:  At the time of his Leipzig studies, his expertise in this area had reached such a degree that he was offered the task of reviewing music performances for a Leipzig periodical.  Most importantly, music criticism plays a vital role in the body of his work. 

Although both of the texts that we offer you here again, are already contained in the internet articles of Helmut Walther linked to here previously, we would like to provide you with an opportunity of a second reading under this particular aspect and wish you an interesting reading experience!  In order to return to this site, please use the back button of your browser, and in order to arrive at the right place in the text of the "Nachschrift", please click yourself "up" from the footnote (35) to the text.  Thank you!  

And here are the two links:

Nietzsche on Bizet und Wagner

"Nachschrift" to "Der Fall Wagner".



Since we now have some idea of what Nietzsche "was like" as music critic, those of you who read German fairly well might enjoy encountering him in quotes from his works on "our" master composer Beethoven. As usual, we offer you two links for ease of navigation: the one on the menu bar to the left and the following link below. Enjoy!

Nietzsche Quotes on Beethoven