Friedrich Nietzsche, The Wanderer and His Shadow (Der Wanderer und sein Schatten).

The Wanderer and his Shadow, the second supplement to Human, All Too Human, first published in 1880.


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Beethoven and Mozart.  Beethoven's music often appears like a deeply emotional meditation on unexpectedly hearing once more a piece long thought to be forgotten, "Tonal Innocence": it is music about music.  In the song of the beggar and child in the street, in the monotonous airs of vagrant Italians, in the dance of the village inn or in carnival nights he discovers his melodies.  He stores them together like a bee, snatching here and there some notes or a short phrase.  To him these are hallowed memories of "the better world” like the ideas of Plato.  Mozart stands in quite a different relation to his melodies.  He finds his inspiration not in hearing music but in gazing at life, at the most stirring life of southern lands.  He was always dreaming of Italy, when he was not there.  

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