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Description - Richard Strauss's Orchestral Music and the German Intellectual Tradition by Charles Youmans

The career of German composer Richard Strauss followed an unusual path: he wrote orchestral music almost exclusively until 1903, then focused almost exclusively on opera for nearly four decades. Abandoning opera in the midst of the Second World War, he returned briefly to writing orchestral music before retiring in 1945. This provocative book examines the two periods of orchestral activity that frame Strauss's long career. Part I considers the influence of various intellectuals on Strauss's early orchestral music, including Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Goethe, and Wagner. Part II surveys all of Strauss's late orchestral works. The final chapter addresses Strauss's role as the official composer of the Third Reich and the impact of the war on his last compositions. Charles Youmans is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Penn State University.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780253345738
ISBN-10: 0253345731
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Indiana University Press
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publish Date: 25-Jun-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Charles Youmans

Charles Youmans is Assistant Professor of Musicology at Penn State University.

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