Nietzsche leaves no space for selfappraisal, a crystalline, relentless reflection emerges on every conclusions horizon and ever again he employs a ball-peen hammer of critique to shatter his newly won being into a million pieces, receding from the very hook of his existence and plunging into a new nothing.
Would he not have gone mad for us… we would have no reason for sanity in this society of the spectacle
He always raved about Mahler. When I asked him which of his symphonies he rated highest, he hesitated and answered: ‘The First, to be sure, also the Second… and the Third… and also the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh… and the Eighth is marvellous… and the Ninth! And also the Tenth! But if someone told me that I had only one more hour to live, I would want to listen to the last movement of Das Lied von der Erde.
Krzysztof Meyer on Dmitri Shostakovich
Hey, I feel the same way, Shosty. It’s nice to know that I’m not alone.
When Bach composes:
FUTURE MUSICIANS CAN HAVE ME CRAWLING OUT OF MY GRAVE TO HAUNT THEM!!!! and parallel 5ths are a big no-no lets just compose fugues and overlap them so that you get a headache AND PERPETUAL MOTION YOU PLAY UNTIL YOU DROP DEAD AND ARE BURIED 7 FEET UNDERGROUND AND YOU STILL CONTINUE TO PLAY and choral stuff!!! AND ILL JUST FALL INTO A COMA TO BE RESURRECTED BY THIS GUY WHOSE NAME MAY OR MAY NOT BE MENDELSSOHN
When Chopin composes:
oHHHHHHHHhHHHH BEAUTIFUL melodies beautiful rich harmonies lyrical sentimental BUT WAIT I LOVE THE PIANO so let's make everything for the piano IT RULES! And polish nationalism POLAND MY MOTHERLAND MY HOMELAND polonaise mazurka and LETS MAKE MY ETUDES WAY TOO HARD FOR A NORMAL HUMAN but dont worry you can probably play them if you break every bone in your fingers :)
When Liszt composes:
EVERYONE KNOWS THAT I AM A GREAT VIRTUOSO!!!! So ill just attempt to murder other pianists' fingers and make them only playable by me. AND DON'T FORGET DRAMA BRILLIANCE DYNAMICS FOR ORCHESTRA AND instruments destroying things oh and lets invent memorizing music to torture future musicians
When Beethoven composes:
DARKNESS WRATH FATE DRAMA DESTINY IS INESCAPABLE CURSE OF THE NINTH UUGGGHHH I need an ear trumpet and I need to feel the piano's vibrations. mINOR KEYS PEDAL OVERLAPPING LAYERS almost-romantic-but-still-classical-ish-kind-of-style OH AND EARLIER STYLE MUST DIFFER WAY TOO MUCH FROM LATE STYLE! NO MY EAR(S)
When Tchaikovsky composes:
I MUST WEEP AND RIVER OF TEARS sad music symphonies BALLET!!! iF MUSIC IS NOT a-piece-of-me-just-died-sad then IT IS NOT FIT FOR THE CONCERT HALL AND i find immense joy in composing sad stuff and LETS CRACK A BUNCH OF NUTS BALLET NUTCRACKER b flat minor concerto DRAMA
When Mahler composes:
What? dID YOU SAY TIMPANI? SNARE DRUM? No their not good enough for me i need a new and better percussion instrument hmmmmm lets see OW I JUST WHACKED MYSELF OHHHHH LET'S USE A WOODEN HAMMER! and better make it the size of an infant and it must be whacked against a wooden block. tHE SOUND SHOULD ONLY BE MEASURABLE ON THE RICHTER SCALE! And someone resurrected DEATH SHRIEK nOOOOOO I INHERITED BEETHOVEN'S CURSE
(I can't think of what to write for other composers aka too lazy to write more maybe later)