The compositions of Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) are not as well known as his philosophical writings or his poems, but Nietzsche himself, as an artist, thought of music as his primary means of expression. In a letter of October 1887, he wrote: 'there has never been a philosopher who has been in his essence (im Grunde) a musician to such an extent as I am.'
The purpose of this collection of performances is to make Nietzsche's compositions directly accessible to the listener. They are presented in chronological order. This recording was originally produced at concordia University, Montreal, Canada, as an interdisciplinary project involving the Department of Music and Lonergan University College.