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Richard Strauss and His World : Bard Music Festival (Paperback) - Bryan Gilliam

Richard Strauss and His World

Bard Music Festival (Paperback)

By: Bryan Gilliam (Editor)

Paperback Published: 30th August 1992
ISBN: 9780691027623
Number Of Pages: 440

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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.

Industry Reviews

"This book of essays, letters, memoirs, and criticism is a most cordial study of Strauss and his music... This is a significant book that gives readers a very positive assessment of a very important 20th-century composer."--Choice

The Enigmas of Richard Strauss: A Revisionist Viewp. 3
Daphne's Transformationp. 33
Structure and Program in Macbeth: A Proposed Reading of Strauss's First Symphonic Poemp. 67
Ruhe, meine Seele! and the Letzte Orchesterliederp. 90
"Lass Er die Musi, wo sie ist": Pitch Specificity in Straussp. 138
Richard Strauss and the Questionp. 164
Selections from the Strauss-Thuille Correspondence
A Glimpse of Strauss during His Formative Yearsp. 193
Selections from the Strauss-Gregor Correspondence: The Genesis of Daphnep. 237
Richard Strauss: The Manp. 273
Richard Strauss: Seer and Idealistp. 280
Richard Strauss at Eightyp. 287
The Last Visit with Richard Straussp. 295
Criticism and Reception
On the Tone Poems of Richard Straussp. 305
Strauss and the Viennese Critics (1896-1924): Reviews by Gustav Schoenaich, Robert Hirschfeld, Guido Adler, Max Kalbeck, Julius Korngold, and Karl Klausp. 311
Elektra: A Study by Paul Bekkerp. 372
Richard Strauss at Sixtyp. 406
Index of Names and Compositionsp. 417
List of Contributorsp. 425
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ISBN: 9780691027623
ISBN-10: 0691027625
Series: Bard Music Festival (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 30th August 1992
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.57  x 2.77
Weight (kg): 0.63