Great Philosophers on Music: Freedom in Improvisation (English)

This is a lecture/presentation, where I try to combine philosophy with music. Questions will be asked like: when we improvise, how free are we really? What kind of freedom is that? What role did music play for philosophers like Nietzsche and Schopenhauer? Would Nietzsche have liked the music of today, what kind of music? Chaotic free jazz, or Justin Bieber? Do we, as artists, want to feel free to do whatever we want, or do we need more? Don’t we feel a necessity to do something, an inner necessity to create? Nietzsche gives us a hint:

‘Artists may here have a more better understanding: they know only too well that it is precisely when they cease to act “voluntarily” and do everything of necessity that their feeling of freedom, subtlety, fullness of power, creative placing, disposing, shaping reaches its height—in short, that necessity and “freedom of will” are then one in them’. (Beyond Good & Evil 213)

 





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