Nietzsche's Dionysian Musical Ideal

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Nietzsche's Dionysian Musical Ideal

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Nietzsche's Dionysian Musical Ideal
Author: Thommassen, Roman
Issue Date: 2018-08-30
Keywords: Nietzsche
Grand Style
Abstract: Nietzsche, disciple of Dionysus and lover of music, thought about the question of the ideal music throughout his life. The early Nietzsche of Die Geburt der Tragödie (1872) greatly admired his friend Wagner, whose music he considered to be the ideal Dionysian music and so the great hope for the overcoming of the crisis of modernity. Later, this friendship would collapse, and what remained for Nietzsche was Der Fall Wagner, as his late polemical book is named. Grand Style (“großer Stil”) became the new Dionysian aim for the arts and hope for the overcoming of the crisis of modernity. The background of this thesis is the crisis of modernity, to which the Dionysian is to be the solution. The question I will answer is why Nietzsche’s Dionysian musical ideal changed over time from Wagner to Grand Style.
Supervisor: Chouraqui, Dr. F.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Wijsbegeerte (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Filosofie van mens, techniek en cultuur
ECTS Credits: 10

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