Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Happy birthday, Richard Strauss
It is the birthday of German composer Richard Strauss (1864), who is best remembered for his operas Salome (1905) and Der Rosenkavalier (1911), and his tone poems, Don Juan (1888), Death and Transfiguration (1890), Thus Spoke Zarathustra (1896), An Alpine Symphony (1915) and many other works. Strauss was a leading composer in the transition between the late Romantic period and the early modern era. His works are part of the repertoire of most major orchestras. Here is Also Spoke Zarathustra, one of his most familiar pieces, easily recognizable after the use of the introduction in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's worth listening to the whole thing.