Richard Strauss: New Perspectives on the Composer and His Work

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As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of Richard Stauss’s death, scholarly interest in the composer continues to grow. Despite what was once a tendency by musicologists to overlook or deny Strauss’s importance, these essays firmly place the German composer in the musical mainstream and situate him among the most influential composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Originally published in 1992, this volume examines Strauss’s life and work from a number of approaches and during various ...

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Overview

As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of Richard Stauss’s death, scholarly interest in the composer continues to grow. Despite what was once a tendency by musicologists to overlook or deny Strauss’s importance, these essays firmly place the German composer in the musical mainstream and situate him among the most influential composers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Originally published in 1992, this volume examines Strauss’s life and work from a number of approaches and during various periods of his long career, opening up unique corridors of insight into a crucial time in German history.
Contributors discuss Strauss as a young composer steeped in a conservative instrumental tradition, as a brash young modernist tone poet of the 1890s, as an important composer of twentieth-century German opera, and as a cultural icon manipulated by the national socialists during the 1930s and early 1940s. Individual essays use Strauss’s creative work as a framework for larger musicological questions such as the tension between narrative and structure in program music, the problem of extended tonality at the turn of the century, stylistic choice versus stylistic obligation, and conflicting perspectives of progressive versus conservative music.
This collection will interest Strauss scholars, musicologists, and those interested in the artistic and cultural life of Germany from 1880 through the Second World War.

Contributors. Kofi Agawu, Günter Brosche, Bryan Gilliam, Stephen Hefling, James A. Hepokoski, Timothy L. Jackson, Michael Kennedy, Lewis Lockwood, Barbara A. Peterson, Pamela Potter, Reinhold Schlötterer, R. Larry Todd

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The musical-historical context of the German composer and his world are discussed from the perspectives of musical-stylistic influences, tonal language, relationships with contemporaries, and political contexts. Specific pieces--instrumental and operatic--are studied from many approaches: structural analysis, style, music and dramaturgy, source studies, and cultural context. Most, but not all, of the papers originated at a conference at Duke U., April 1990. Indexed by name only. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822321149
  • Publisher: Duke University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Pages: 289
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Bryan Gilliam is Associate Professor and Director of the Graduate Program in Music at Duke University.

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Table of Contents

Preface
The Musical-Historical Context
Strauss before Liszt and Wagner: Some Observations 3
Miners Digging from Opposite Sides: Mahler, Strauss, and the Problem of Program Music 41
Extended Tonality in Mahler and Strauss 55
Ironic Allusions to Italian Opera in the Musical Comedies of Richard Strauss 77
Strauss and the National Socialists: The Debate and Its Relevance 93
Die Handler und die Kunst: Richard Strauss as Composers' Advocate 115
The Musical Works
Fiery-Pulsed Libertine or Domestic Hero? Strauss's Don Juan Reinvestigated 135
The Concerto for Oboe and Small Orchestra (1945): Remarks about the Origin of the Work Based on a Newly Discovered Source 177
The Metamorphosis of the Metamorphosen: New Analytical and Source-Critical Discoveries 193
The Element of Time in Der Rosenkavalier 243
Strauss's Intermezzo: Innovation and Tradition 259
Index 285
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