Richard Strauss and His World

Richard Strauss and His World

by Bryan Gilliam (Editor)


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Strongly influencing European musical life from the 1880s through the First World War and remaining highly productive into the 1940s, Richard Strauss enjoyed a remarkable career in a constantly changing artistic and political climate. This volume presents six original essays on Strauss's musical works—including tone poems, lieder, and operas—and brings together letters, memoirs, and criticism from various periods of the composer's life. Many of these materials appear in English for the first time. In the essays Leon Botstein contradicts the notion of the composer's stylistic "about face" after Elektra; Derrick Puffett reinforces the argument for Strauss's artistic consistency by tracing in the tone poems and operas the phenomenon of pitch specificity; James Hepokoski establishes Strauss as an early modernist in an examination of Macbeth; Michael Steinberg probes the composer's political sensibility as expressed in the 1930s through his music and use of such texts as Friedenstag and Daphne; Bryan Gilliam discusses the genesis of both the text and the music in the final scene of Daphne; Timothy Jackson in his thorough source study argues for a new addition to the so-called Four Last Songs. Among the correspondence are previously untranslated letters between Strauss and his post-Hofmannsthal librettist, Joseph Gregor. The memoirs range from early biographical sketches to Rudolf Hartmann's moving account of his last visit with Strauss shortly before the composer's death. Critical reviews include recently translated essays by Theodor Adorno, Guido Adler, Paul Bekker, and Julius Korngold.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691027623
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 08/30/1992
Series: The Bard Music Festival , #3
Pages: 444
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
Pt. IEssays
The Enigmas of Richard Strauss: A Revisionist View3
Daphne's Transformation33
Structure and Program in Macbeth: A Proposed Reading of Strauss's First Symphonic Poem67
Ruhe, meine Seele! and the Letzte Orchesterlieder90
"Lass Er die Musi, wo sie ist": Pitch Specificity in Strauss138
Richard Strauss and the Question164
Pt. IILetters
Selections from the Strauss-Thuille Correspondence
A Glimpse of Strauss during His Formative Years193
Selections from the Strauss-Gregor Correspondence: The Genesis of Daphne237
Pt. IIIMemoirs
Richard Strauss: The Man273
Richard Strauss: Seer and Idealist280
Richard Strauss at Eighty287
The Last Visit with Richard Strauss295
Pt. IVCriticism and Reception
On the Tone Poems of Richard Strauss305
Strauss and the Viennese Critics (1896-1924): Reviews by Gustav Schoenaich, Robert Hirschfeld, Guido Adler, Max Kalbeck, Julius Korngold, and Karl Klaus311
Elektra: A Study by Paul Bekker372
Richard Strauss at Sixty406
Index of Names and Compositions417
List of Contributors425

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