Nietzsche - The Case of Wagner - Music
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE. From The Case of Wagner (trans. A. M. Ludovici, London, 1911; 3rd edn.),
Has anyone ever observed that music emancipates the spirit? Gives wings to thought? and that the more one becomes a musician the more one is also a philosopher?
The grey sky of abstraction seems thrilled by flashes of lightning; the light is strong enough to reveal all the details of things; to enable one to grapple with problems; and the world is surveyed as if from a mountain top.-
With this I have defined philosophical pathos.-
And unexpectedly answers drop into my lap, a small hailstorm of ice and wisdom, of problems solved. Where am I? Bizet makes me productive. Everything that is good makes me productive.
I have gratitude for nothing else, nor have I any other touchstone for testing what is good.