Monday, June 11, 2012
June 11 is the birthdate of German composer Richard Strauss (1864). Like Gustav Mahler, he was also a major conductor of orchestras in Europe, and, like Mahler, his music represented the late efflorescence of German Romanticism after Richard Wagner. Strauss’ advanced harmonic style placed him at the forefront of of the late Romantic and early modern eras of European music. His operas include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome, but he is especially known for his songs (lieder), including Four Last Songs, and his tone poems and other orchestral works, including: Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks, Also sprach Zarathustra and An Alpine Symphony.