Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss
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Description: Richard Strauss is a composer much loved among audiences throughout the world, both in the opera house and the concert hall. Despite this popularity, Strauss was for many years ignored by scholars, who considered his commercial success and his continued reliance on the tonal system to be liabilities. However, the past two decades have seen a resurgence of scholarly interest in the composer. This Companion surveys the results, focusing on the principal genres, the social and historical context, and topics perennially controversial over the last century. Chapters cover Strauss's immense operatic output, the electrifying modernism of his tone poems, and his ever-popular Lieder. Controversial topics are explored, including Strauss's relationship to the Third Reich and the sexual dimension of his works. Reintroducing the composer and his music in light of recent research, the volume shows Strauss's artistic personality to be richer and much more complicated than has been previously acknowledged.
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All the information you need in one place! Each Study Brief is a summary of one specific subject; facts, figures, and explanations to help you learn faster.
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/18/2010
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Charles Youmans is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Penn State University.
|Chronology of Strauss's life and career|
|The musical world of Strauss's youth|
|Strauss's compositional process|
|Maturity and indecision in the early works|
|The first cycle of tone poems|
|The second cycle of tone poems|
|Strauss's road to operatic success: Guntram, Feuersnot, and Salome|
|The Strauss-Hofmannsthal operas|
|Opera after Hofmannsthal|
|'Actually, I like my songs best': Strauss's Lieder|
|Strauss's place in the twentieth century|
|Musical quotation and allusion in the works of Richard Strauss|
|Strauss in the Third Reich|
|Strauss and the business of music|
|Strauss and the sexual body: the erotics of humor, philosophy, and ego-assertion|
|Strauss and the nature of music|