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Richard Strauss

(1864—1949) German composer

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Alfred Kerr

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(b. Breslau, Germany, 25 Dec. 1867; d. Hamburg, 12 Oct. 1948)

Theatre critic. Kerr was an enthusiastic admirer of naturalism, and therefore championed the plays of such writers as...

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Also sprach Zarathustra

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

Tone‐poem by Richard Strauss, Op.30, comp. 1895–6 and f.p. Frankfurt 1896. Freely based on Nietzsche's epic prose poem of same name. Delius set 11 sections of poem in his Mass of Life.

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Arabella

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

Opera (lyrische Kömodie) in three acts by Richard Strauss to a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal after his novel Lucidor (Dresden, 1933).

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Ariadne auf Naxos

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(‘Ariadne on Naxos’).

Opera in one act by Richard Strauss to a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal; the first version (Stuttgart, 1912) was performed with a condensed version of...

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Arnold Schoenberg

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(b Vienna, 1874; d Los Angeles, 1951).

Austrian‐born composer, conductor, and teacher (Amer. cit. 1941). One of most influential figures in history of mus. Learned vn. and vc. as...

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Arturo Toscanini

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(b Parma, 1867; d NY, 1957).

It. conductor and cellist. Entered Parma Cons. 1876, studying vc. and comp. Engaged as cellist in opera orch. for S. American tour, 1886 and in Rio de...

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Asakura Setsu

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(1922– )

Japanese designer. Born in Tokyo, Asakura began her career as a painter but after study in New York in 1970 took up a theatrical career. She soon became a ...

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Béla Bartók

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(b Nagyszentmiklós, Hungary (now Romania), 1881; d NY, 1945).

Hung. composer, pianist, and folklorist. Parents were musical and mother gave him his first pf. lessons. In 1894 at...

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Birgit Nilsson

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(1918– )

Swedish singer, known for her soprano roles, especially in the operas of Wagner and Richard Strauss.

Nilsson entered the Royal Academy of Music, Stockholm, in...

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Der Rosenkavalier

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(‘The Knight of the Rose’). Opera (Komödie für Musik) in three acts by Richard Strauss to a libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal (Dresden, 1911).

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Die Ägyptische Helena

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

Opera in 2 acts, Op.75, by R. Strauss to lib. by Hofmannsthal, comp. 1923–7, f.p. Dresden and NY Met 1928, Garsington 1997. Rev. 1933.

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Die Frau ohne Schatten

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Opera in 3 acts by R. Strauss to lib. by Hofmannsthal. Comp. 1914–17. Prod. Vienna 1919, San Francisco 1959, London 1967.

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Dresden Court Theatre

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German playhouse. The absolutist King August I (the Strong) erected a ‘Komödienhaus’ in Dresden in 1696 for French drama, which was followed by a large opera house in Italian baroque ...

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Edgard Varèse

Overview page. Subjects: History — Biographical Studies — Music.

a leading advocate of 20th-century experimental music. Varèse experimented with new rhythms and timbres and dissonant harmonies in works such

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Elektra

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

Opera in 1 act by R. Strauss to lib. by Hofmannsthal based on Sophocles' Electra. Comp. 1906–8. Prod. Dresden 1909, NY and London 1910.

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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

Overview page. Subjects: Opera.

(b Jarocin, nr. Poznań, 1915; d Schruns, Austria, 2006).

Ger.‐born soprano (Brit. cit.). Opera début Berlin 1938 (Flower Maiden in Parsifal). Vienna début 1942, remaining there in...

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Ernest Bloch

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(1880–1959)

Jewish composer, a naturalized American born in Switzerland.

Bloch studied at the Brussels Conservatory under Ysaÿe and also in Germany. His opera Macbeth was...

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Franz Joseph Strauss

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(b Parkstein, 1822; d Munich, 1905).

Ger. horn‐player and composer. Prin. hn., Munich Court opera orch. 1847–89. Taught at Munich Acad. until 1896. Cond. semi‐professional orch....

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Giacomo Puccini

Overview page. Subjects: Music.

(1858–1924),

Italian composer, whose works include two operas adapted from American plays: Madame Butterfly (1906), by Belasco and J.L. Long, and Belasco's The Girl of the Golden...

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Gino Marinuzzi

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(1882–1945), Italian conductor and composer, widely praised for his conducting of Wagner and Richard Strauss, but also important as an interpreter of works by his countrymen, directing the...

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