It is a mandate from Goda charge entrusted to my keeping, and I feel that my highest duty is to make the most of this gift—to grow and to expand. He received a thorough, but conservative, musical education from his father in his youth, writing his first music at the age of six. He continued to write music almost until his death.
Tone poems Strauss Strauss wrote two early symphonies: However, Strauss's style began to truly develop and change when, inhe met Alexander Rittera noted composer and violinist, and the husband of one of Richard Wagner's nieces.
It was Ritter who persuaded Strauss to abandon the conservative style of his youth and begin writing tone poems. He also introduced Strauss to the essays of Wagner and the writings of Arthur Schopenhauer.
Strauss went on to conduct one of Ritter's operas, and at Strauss's request Ritter later wrote a poem describing the events depicted in Strauss's tone poem Death and Transfiguration.
The new influences from Ritter resulted in what is widely regarded  as Strauss's first piece to show his mature personality, the tone poem Don Juanwhich displays a new kind of virtuosity in its bravura orchestral manner. Strauss went on to write a series of increasingly ambitious tone poems: One commentator has observed of these works that "no orchestra could exist without his tone poems, written to celebrate the glories of the post-Wagnerian symphony orchestra.
It was after this point that Strauss rejected the philosophy of Schopenhauer and began more forcefully critiquing the institution of the symphony and the symphonic poem, thereby differentiating the second cycle of tone poems from the first.
Strauss's output of works for solo instrument or instruments with orchestra was fairly extensive. The most famous include two concertos for horn, which are still part of the standard repertoire of most horn soloists— Horn Concerto No.
List of operas by Richard Strauss Around the end of the 19th century, Strauss turned his attention to opera. His first two attempts in the genre, Guntram and Feuersnotwere controversial works: Guntram was the first significant critical failure of Strauss's career, and Feuersnot was considered obscene by some critics.
The premiere was a major success, with the artists taking more than 38 curtain calls. Maurice Ravel said that Salome was "stupendous",  and Gustav Mahler described it as "a live volcano, a subterranean fire". As with the later Elektra, Salome features an incredibly taxing lead soprano role.
Strauss often remarked that he preferred writing for the female voice, which is apparent in these two sister operas—the male parts are almost entirely smaller roles, included only to supplement the soprano's performance.
Strauss's next opera was Elektrawhich took his use of dissonance even further, in particular with the Elektra chord. Elektra was also the first opera in which Strauss collaborated with the poet Hugo von Hofmannsthal.
The two subsequently worked together on numerous occasions. For his later works with Hofmannsthal, Strauss moderated his harmonic language:Richard Georg Strauss (11 June – 8 September ) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras.
He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten and Salome; his Lieder, especially his Four Last Songs; his tone poems, including Don Juan, Death and Transfiguration, Till Eulenspiegel.
In his next tone poem, Strauss gravitated to an idea about as far from the impish humor of Till as he could get — Friedrich Nietzsche’s Also sprach Zarathustra.
This composer sought to replace the traditional harmony of Western music with a twelve tone technique. Schonberg In place of nature, this "Father of Modern Art" looked for order and emphasized shape and color to make his paintings as "solid and durable" as Old Masters'.
Strauss went on to conduct one of Ritter's operas, and at Strauss's request Ritter later wrote a poem describing the events depicted in Strauss's tone poem Death and Transfiguration. The new influences from Ritter resulted in what is widely regarded [2 ] as Strauss's first piece to show his mature personality, the tone poem Don Juan ( Richard Strauss's wiki: Richard Georg Strauss (11 June – 8 September ) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras.
He is known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier, Elektra, Die Frau ohne Schatten a. Before the premiere of Till Eulenspiegel in Cologne in , the conductor Franz Wüllner wrote to Strauss asking about a written program. This was a long time before “movie music,” of course, but Strauss was leery of encouraging a literalistic view of his tone poem, even though it was programmatic music.