Nietzsche and Beethoven
Beethoven Quotes from Nietzsche's Works


Friedrich Nietzsche

Of a thinker who is reported as once having stated that to him, life without music is a mistake, who had achieved a level of competency in music that went bell beyond the dabbling of a dilletante, who also showed a keen sense of observation as a music critic and who was also used to playing Beethoven's Piano Sonatas, one might expect a degree of insight into Beethoven's nature that also found reflection in written statements here and there in his works.  

If you read German fairly well, I am pleased to offer you a selection of such quotes from Nietzsche's writings which are arranged in the chronological order in which his works were written:

Beethoven Comments by Nietzsche
from his body of work

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After we have explored the dynamics of this issue in the previous pages, we might wish to move on to a further special link that discusses Thomas Mann' relationship to Nietzsche: 


Beethoven, Nietzsche and the Consequences:
Thomas Mann's Relationship to Nietzsche