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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Of THE Principle of Musical Execution.  Do the modern musical performers really believe that the supreme law of their art is to give every piece as much high relief as is possible, and to make it speak at all costs a dramatic language?  Is not this principle, when applied for example to Mozart, a veritable sin against the spirit — the gay, sunny, airy, delicate spirit — of Mozart, whose seriousness was of a kindly and not awe inspiring order, whose pictures do not try to leap from the wall and drive away the beholder in panic?  Or do you think that all Mozart's music is identical with the statue music in Don Juan} And not only Mozart's, but all music?  — You reply that the advantage of your principle lies in its greater effect.  You would be right if there did not remain the counter question, "On whom has the effect operated, and on whom should an artist of the first rank desire to produce his effect”?  Never on the populace!  Never on the immature!  Never on the morbidly sensitive!  Never on the diseased!  And above all — never on the blasé.  

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