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Munich, 11 JUN 1864 ~ Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 8 SEP 1949
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- Strauss, R A Hero's Life
See 'Ein Heldenleben' below, it is an alternately boisterous and
beautifully lyrical tone poem. Most critics say it is autobiographical but
Strauss said it was about an average man who's heroism lies in his triumph
over the battles of life.
- Strauss, R
Richard Strauss composed this symphony beween 1911 and 1915. It was
arranged for full orchestra, including 20 horns, organ and thunder and
wind machines. The Dresden Court orchestra gave the FP. As you listen you
will ascend from night to sunrise in the forest, visit the brook, meadow,
pasture, glacier and then a precarious moment at the summit. Then there
will be a storm, sunset and nightfall.
- Strauss, R Also Spracht
Zarathustra, Op 30 (1896)
Eight visions of man by German philosopher Nietzsche from primate to
The prophet who leaves the world of men who seek wisdom in solitude. A
superman preaching views of life and death and a joyfilled compatible
relationship with God and the universe. FP in Frankfurt in 1896 under the
- Strauss, R Bourgeouis Gentilhomme, Le
Suite for the Bourgeouis Gentleman, Op 60. A failed stage play from 1916.
The music survives in the suite FP in Jan 1920.
- Strauss, R. Dance of the Seven Veils See 'Salome'
- Strauss, R. Death and Transfiguration
Tod und Verklarung.
- Strauss, R. Der Rosenkavalier
- Strauss, R. Die Frau ohne Schatten
The opera "The Woman Without a Shadow". FP in Vienna 1919. Hugo Von
Hofmanstall was the libretist.
- Strauss, R. Don
Op. 20. He composed 'Don Juan' in 1888, (He was 20 years old) and it was
his first highly individualized
score. FP in November 1889. It helped to establish Strauss as Germany's
most promising composer since Wagner. It is the story of the virile,
all-conquering Spanish lover who succeeds to
woo and win one conquest after another. You'll only hear two conquests in
this work, one stated by violin the other by oboe depicting
adventures in the arena of amour.
- Strauss, R Don Quixote
The fantastic variations on a theme of knightly character for large
orchestra, Op 35. The 6th of the 7 tone poems of Richard Strauss, all
written between 1888 and 1898. Strauss finished Don Quixote in December of
1897. FP in Cologne in March of 1898. It is based on Cervantes novel.
- Strauss, R Ein Heldenleben
Richard Strauss, Op 40 (1898), FP in Berlin 1899. "A Hero's Life", Ein
Heldenleben is an alternately boisterous and lyrical tone poem which
critics and reviewers also say is an autobiographical work. Strauss,
however, said it was about an average man who's heroism lies in triumph
over the normal battles of life. The subtitles in the work
are...The Hero...The Hero's Adversaries...The Hero's
Helpmate...The Hero's Battlefield...The Hero's Work of
Peace...The Hero's escape from the world and his
- Strauss, R. Macbeth
Op 23, Composed in 1888 and reworked with a new ending in 1890. FP in
Weimar (VY' mar) on Oct 13, 1890 with Has Von Bulow conducting. The work
depicts melodramatic elements of Shakespears tragedy.
- Strauss, R. Metamorphoses
- Strauss, R Oboe Concerto
Written in 1945 at the request of John de Lancie, at the time an American
GI who met the famed composer during WWII. De Lancie was to become the
principle oboist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.
DeLancie made a recording of the work some 45 years later with the London
Symphony under Andre Previn.
Strauss: Oboe Concerto/de Lancie, soloist
- Strauss, R. Salome
Dance of the Seven Veils.
- Strauss, R. Sinfonia Domestica
Composed to immortalize himself and his family in his music. Composed in Berlin and England around 1902.
- Strauss, R. Till Eulenspiegel, Op 28
( til OILen Spee gul)
- Strauss, R. Thus Spake Zarathustra See 'Also Spoke Zarathustra'
- Strauss, R. Tod und Verklarung See 'Death and Transfiguaration'
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