Richard Georg Strauss was a German composer, conductor, pianist, and violinist. Considered a leading composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras, he has been described as a successor of Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt. Along with Gustav Mahler, he represents the late flowering of German Romanticism after Wagner, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style. Strauss’s compositional output began in 1870 when he was just six years old and lasted until his death nearly eighty years later. While his output of works encompasses nearly every type of classical compositional form, Strauss achieved his greatest success with tone poems and operas. His first tone poem to achieve wide acclaim was Don Juan, and this was followed by other lauded works of this kind, including Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, Also sprach Zarathustra, Don Quixote, Ein Heldenleben, Symphonia Domestica, and An Alpine Symphony.
|Born:||Richard Georg Strauss, June 11, 1864, Munich, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Confederation|
|Died:||September 08, 1949, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, West Germany|
|Works:||especially operas and tone poems|
|Parents:||Franz Strauss (father), Josephine Pschorr (mother)|
|IMDb:||Richard Strauss’s IMDb|
|Spotify:||Richard Strauss’s Spotify|
About Richard Strauss
Though he also had a successful career as a conductor, this German musician is best remembered for composing significant operas (including Salome and Der Rosenkavalier); symphonic poems (including Also sprach Zarathustra and Death and Transfiguration); and lieder and orchestral pieces (including, respectively, Four Last Songs and Metamorphosen).
He grew up in Munich, Germany, and received his early musical education from his father, the prominent horn player Franz Strauss. He composed his first piece of music when he was just six years old.
His 1888 tone poem, Don Juan, is regarded as his first mature work.
His marriage to soprano opera singer Pauline de Ahna resulted in a son named Franz.
He and fellow composer Gustav Mahler belonged to the same post-Wagnerian school of German Romanticism.
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- Music directors of the Berlin State Opera
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- German anti-fascists
- Recipients of the Order of the Crown (Belgium)
- Royal Philharmonic Society Gold Medallists
- Honorary Members of the Royal Philharmonic Society
- German Romantic composers
- Ballet composers
- Opera managers
- German opera composers
- 19th-century conductors (music)
- Members of the Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art
- German conductors (music)
- Recipients of the Pour le Mérite (civil class)
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