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Richard Strauss

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(1864 – 1949)

Richard Strauss (11th June 1864 – 8th September 1949) was a German composer of the era and eraly modern eras, particularly noted for his s and s which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome; his lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; and his tone poems Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Also sprach Zarathustra, An Alpine Symphony, and other orchestral works, such as Metamorphosen. Strauss was also a prominent conductor throughout Germany and Austria. He was also a noted conductor.

Strauss, along with Gustav Mahler, represents the late flowering of German Romanticism after Richard Wagner, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style.

Strauss was born on 11 June 1864 in Munich, the son of Franz Strauss, who was the principal horn player at the Court Opera in Munich. In his youth, he received a thorough musical education from his father. He wrote his first composition at the age of six, and continued to write music almost until his death.

During his boyhood Strauss attended orchestra rehearsals of the Munich Court Orchestra, and he also received private instruction in music theory and orchestration from an assistant conductor there. In 1872 he started receiving violin instruction at the Royal School of Music from Benno Walter, his father’s cousin. In 1874 Strauss heard his first Wagner operas, Lohengrin and Tannhäuser.

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  • Tarjever

    Richard Strauss is not Johann Strauss I (father). Richard Strauss is not Johann Strauss II (son). There are three famous Strausses. Be careful!

    17 Aug 10:46am Reply
  • ballseven

    Also Sprach Zarathustra ♥

    3 Aug 11:45am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    Richard Strauss is not Johann Strauss.

    19 Jul 11:08am Reply
  • stillstellung

    1 The Blue Danube 121

    10 Jul 6:14pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    150 years. Genius.

    11 Jun 1:47am Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    I wonder how many fans he would have had without 2001. [3] yes thats depressing me. most of dem listen to only one song kmt

    11 May 10:13am Reply
  • arcticweezer

    I wonder how many fans he would have had without 2001. [2]

    10 May 2:58pm Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    daymn mad so sik

    7 May 6:33pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    саломея и посвящение малеру - два величайших академических произведения, подлинно экспериментаторские

    28 Feb 12:53pm Reply
  • Marquise-None

    A GOD...

    30 Jan 8:10pm Reply
  • TylerSymes

    I wonder how many fans he would have had without 2001.

    17 Jan 5:57am Reply
  • Slim_rafa

    BOM DIMAIS

    23 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Orenji-kun

    I wonder how many people realise what a genius he was.

    18 Oct 2012 Reply
  • hjbardenhagen

    There's a tag radio for with streamable albums and tracks on Last.fm, also one for his song cycle and/or with great recordings including Jessye Norman, Lucia Popp and Lisa della Casa.

    30 Sep 2012 Reply
  • MonarchKingdom

    I am planning to familiarize myself with his music. The bio is not really helpful, it's only dealing with his political role (which was minor in any case).

    29 Aug 2012 Reply
  • osaka-sensei

    Tako rzecze Zaratustra!

    10 Jun 2012 Reply
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    14 Feb 2012 Reply
  • MusicHallofFame

    The Music Hall of Fame are delighted to induct Richard Strauss into the Class of 1955. Congratulations. Please vist our page too see the latest inductees into the Music Hall of Fame

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • the_betterman

    whoo

    12 Jan 2012 Reply
  • ulyssestone

    Richard Strauss: Complete Chronological Catalogue by Trv Number in one Spotify playlist http://www.spotifyclassical.com/2011/12/richard-strauss-complete-chronological.html Including orchestral versions of songs, piano version of Four Last Songs, 1912 version of Ariadne auf Naxos, unfinished 1949 singspiel Des Esels Schatten and more. 999 tracks from more than 150 albums, 71 hours.

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
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