Strauss's output of works for solo instrument or instruments with orchestra was fairly extensive. The most famous include two concertos for horn, which are still part of the standard repertoire of most horn soloists; a Violin Concerto in D minor ; the Burleske for piano and orchestra ; the tone poem Don Quixote for cello, viola and orchestra; the well-known late Oboe Concerto in D major; and the Duett-Concertino for clarinet and bassoon with string orchestra, which was one of his last works
His ashes were kept at the Richard Strauss Villa in Garmisch. After the death of his son in they were interred in the Garmisch cemetery. Richard Georg Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. Strauss was also a prominent conductor throughout Germany and Austria.
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.
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 now the Bavarian State Orchestraand he also received private instruction in music theory and orchestration from an assistant conductor there.
In he started receiving violin instruction at the Royal School of Music from Benno Walter, his father's cousin. The influence of Wagner's music on Strauss's style was to be profound, but at first his musically conservative father forbade him to study it.
Indeed, in the Strauss household, the music of Richard Wagner was viewed with deep suspicion, and it was not until the age of 16 that Strauss was able to obtain a score of Tristan und Isolde.
In later life, Strauss said that he deeply regretted the conservative hostility to Wagner's progressive works.
Nevertheless, Strauss's father undoubtedly had a crucial influence on his son's developing taste, not least in Strauss's abiding love for the horn. In early in Vienna he gave the first performance of his Violin Concerto in D minor, playing a piano reduction of the orchestral part himself, with his teacher and "cousin" Benno Walter as soloist.
Strauss's compositions at this time were indebted to the style of Robert Schumann or Felix Mendelssohn, true to his father's teachings. His Horn Concerto No. Strauss married soprano Pauline de Ahna on 10 September She was famous for being irascible, garrulous, eccentric and outspoken, but the marriage, to all appearances, was essentially happy and she was a great source of inspiration to him.
Throughout his life, from his earliest songs to the final Four Last Songs ofhe preferred the soprano voice to all others, and all his operas contain important soprano roles.
The Strausses had one son, Franz, in Franz married Alice von Grab, a Jewish woman, in a Catholic ceremony in Franz and Alice had two sons, Richard and Christian. Solo and chamber works Some of Strauss's first compositions were solo and chamber works.
After Strauss composed very infrequently for chamber groups, his energies being almost completely absorbed with large-scale orchestral works and operas. Four of his chamber pieces are actually arrangements of portions of his operas, including the Daphne-Etude for solo violin, and the string Sextet which is the overture to his final opera Capriccio.
His last independent chamber work, an Allegretto in E for violin and piano, dates from Tone poems and other orchestral works Strauss's style began to truly develop and change when, inhe met Alexander Ritter, a noted composer and violinist, and the husband of one of Richard Wagner's nieces.
It was Ritter who persuaded Strauss to abandon the conservative style of his youth, and begin writing tone poems. Strauss went on to conduct one of Ritter's operas, and at Strauss's request Ritter later wrote a poem describing the events depicted in Strauss's tone poem Death and Transfiguration.
The new influences from Ritter resulted in what is widely regarded as Strauss's first piece to show his mature personality, the tone poem Don Juanwhich displays a new kind of virtuosity in its bravura orchestral manner. Strauss went on to write a series of increasingly ambitious tone poems: One commentator has observed of these works that "no orchestra could exist without his tone poems, written to celebrate the glories of the post-Wagnerian symphony orchestra.
James Hepokoski notes a shift in Strauss's technique in the tone poems, occurring between and Strauss's tone poem for solo cello, solo viola, and orche Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks Strauss's symphonic tone poem set for large orchestra in.
Richard Georg Strauss (11 June – 8 September ) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Salome; his Lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; his tone poems, including Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel.
Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, After the Old Rogue’s Tale, Set in Rondo Form for Large Orchestra, Opus 28 Richard Georg Strauss was born in Munich, Bavaria, on June 11, , and died at his home in Garmisch, Germany, on September 8, This study deals with the reception history of nine of Richard Strauss's tone poems--Aus Italien, Don Juan, Macbeth, Tod und Verklarung, Till Eulenspiegel, Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote.
Early life and family File:Richard Strauss 20OCTjpg. Strauss was born on 11 June in Munich, the son of Josephine (née Pschorr) and 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 is known for his operas, 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 .