Philip Armstrong

Battle of Ideas

The 'Battle of Ideas' is a 50-minute orchestral suite in 11 movements, each of which draws upon a piece of philosophical literature from the Weimar heritage.

This heritage is well regarded for its literary (i.e. Goethe, Schiller), musical (Bach, Hummel, Liszt, Strauss) and art (i.e. Cranach, Van der Velte, Bauhaus) traditions. It also has a significant philosophical tradition. Classical Weimar was home to the greatest flowering of philosophical thought since the classical era of ancient Athens, and included contributions from such figures as Herder, Schiller, Fichte, Schelling and Hegel. It was this flowering that underpinned all other achievements of the heritage including the mature literature of Goethe and Schiller.