Richard Strauss Companion

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Featuring ten new essays on different aspects of the compositions, artistic influences, and persona of Richard Strauss, The Strauss Companion explores the composer's relationship to his own work and to that of his noted contemporaries. Guided by not only musical interests but literary, political, and philosophical ones as well, Strauss is an ideal candidate for this sort of treatment. Following this discussion of his influences, the volume moves to a discussion of the works themselves, including operas, tone poems, and stage works; these compositions are explored analytically and also in terms of their critical reception. The final chapter investigates for the first time Strauss's much-neglected choral works, revealing their rich musical and vocal capacities, while a select bibliography and complete works-list round out the volume.

These colorful and intriguing essays are written by some of the foremost American, German, British, and Canadian Strauss scholars of our time, making it an important resource for students not only of Strauss's work, but of all musical composition and art music.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313279010
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/30/2003
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

MARK-DANIEL SCHMID is an Assistant Professor of Music History and Literature and Piano at Mansfield University in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. Having previously taught for several years at the Musikschule Leinfelden-Echterdingen in Germany, his scholarly interests include Richard Strauss, Frantisek Xaver Dusek, and film music.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Bryan Gilliam




The Influences of Richard Strauss by Heiner Wajemann

Strauss and His Contemporaries: Critical Perspectives by Peter Franklin

The Development of Richard Strauss's Worldview by Charles D. Youmans

Instrumental Works

Richard Strauss's Tone Poems by Walter Werbeck

The Early Reception of Richard Strauss's Tone Poems by Mark-Daniel Schmid

From "Too Many Works" to "Wrist Exercises": The Abstract Instrumental Compositions of Richard Strauss by Scott Warfield

Vocal Works

Richard Strauss before Salome: The Early Operas and Unfinished Stage Works by Morten Kristiansen

The Late Operas of Richard Strauss by James L. Zychowicz

Richard Strauss's Imagination by Pierre Marc Bellemare

The Lieder of Richard Strauss by Christine Getz

The Challenge of the Choral Works by Suzanne M. Lodato

Selected Bibliography by Scott Warfield

Index of Musical Works

General Index

About the Contributors

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