Among other things, Richard Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra is the 19th-century version of “Subterranean Homesick Blues”:
“Verily,” says Zarathustra to his flock, “I counsel you: go away from me and resist Zarathustra!…. Perhaps he deceived you. The man of knowledge must not only love his enemies but also be able to hate his friends…. You are my believers—but what matter all believers… All faith amounts to so little. Now I bid you to lose me and find yourselves.”
—Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spake Zarathustra
(From Digressions I Must Omit from my Program Notes, a work in progress)
Love it, especially the …Digressions… title.
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Thank you, BFF!
Save those darlings!