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The life of Richard Strauss
Gilliam, Bryan Randolph.
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Cambridge, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
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viii, 201 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
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Richard Strauss' successful conducting and composing career spanned one of the most fascinating stretches of modern German history, from oil lamps to atomic energy, from a young empire to a divided Germany. This biography covers Strauss' early musical development, his emergence as a tone poet in the late nineteenth century, his turn to the stage at the beginning of the twentieth century, the successes and misfires of the post-World War I era, the turbulent 1930s, and the period of the Second World War and its aftermath.

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Like other titles in the "Musical Lives" series (e.g., John Rosselli's The Life of Mozart, CH, Nov'98; Roger Nichols's The Life of Debussy, CH, Oct'98), this work focuses almost entirely on the life and era of the composer. Strauss lived through particularly turbulent times in German history. He saw an empire come and go, survived two world wars, witnessed the rise and fall of the Weimar Republic, endured the period of National Socialism, and died the year that Germany was officially divided into two separate states. Strauss survived all of this to become, in the author's opinion, the greatest composer of the 20th century. Gilliam (Duke Univ.) documents the effect of the philosophy of Nietzsche on Strauss's thought and how the composer endured the cataclysmic political upheavals that affected his creative life. Written in a lively style and including 18 photographs, six pages of footnotes, and suggestions for further reading, this volume offers undergraduate and general readers a look at a segment of German history from the perspective of one of its greatest composers. W. Ross; University of Virginia

Table of Contents

1 Musical development and early career
2 æOnward and away to ever-new victoriesÆ: StraussÆs emergence as a tone poet
3 The rise of an opera composer
4 Between two empires: Strauss in the 1920s
5 After Hofmannsthal: personal and political crises
6 æNow the day has made me tiredÆ: the War and its aftermath