Great Philosophers on Music: Freedom in Improvisation (Lecture in English)

This lecture is an attempt to combine philosophy with music. It elaborates on the following questions: 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 today’s music and if so, what kind of music: chaotic free jazz, contemporary classical music or Justin Bieber? Do we, as artists, want to feel free to do whatever we want, or do we need more than that? Don’t we feel a necessity to do something, an inner necessity to create? Friedrich 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)