Richard Strauss: Man, Musician, Enigma

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Kennedy deals fully with Strauss's life as leading composer and national figure in the Third Reich, during which he was both feted and cold-shouldered by the authorities. In putting this period into perspective he draws heavily on hitherto ignored material, including Strauss's own letters and diaries. In addition he reveals much about Strauss's long, happy but tempestuous marriage to the soprano Pauline de Ahna as well as tracing the important relationships to his librettists Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Stefan Zweig, ...
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Overview

Kennedy deals fully with Strauss's life as leading composer and national figure in the Third Reich, during which he was both feted and cold-shouldered by the authorities. In putting this period into perspective he draws heavily on hitherto ignored material, including Strauss's own letters and diaries. In addition he reveals much about Strauss's long, happy but tempestuous marriage to the soprano Pauline de Ahna as well as tracing the important relationships to his librettists Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Stefan Zweig, Joseph Gregor and Clemens Krauss. From Kennedy's probing reassessment of the man and the music, a picture emerges of a level-headed, practical and extremely versatile musician - a great conductor as well as a great composer.
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Editorial Reviews

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"The first large-scale biography of Strauss to be published in many years, this volume is beautifully written by one of the great writers on music in the English language." Choice

"...this is a lively 'Life' that redresses some balances in previous biographical excursions." The Times, London

"Kennedy has added fresh analyses and drawn on much unpublished material....Kennedy provides significant insights into the composer's personal life and complicated mindset throughout his career. While avoiding the clichés of so many of today's over-written psycho-biographies, Kennedy brings Strauss vividly alive and places him firmly in the context of his times." Opera News

"An excellent biography...." Booklist

"An engaging, straightforward biography that largely eschews extended musical analysis." Gazette

"...a coherent and convincing portrait of the composer that comes from years of study....a thoroughly engaging book that should prompt the reader to...return to the music..." James L. Zychowicz, Opera Quarterly

"Biographer Michael Kennedy Demonstrates that the many varying shades of criticism that have painted Richard Strauss in the past half century resemble the similar understandings and misunderstandings held by his contemporaries. He builds his analysis around the few constants in Strauss's life: his admiration for German culture, his dependence on his own family for guidance, and his ^Nietzschean total absorption in art." Kennedy also deals with Strauss's problematic relationship with Nazi authorities." Shofar

"Kennedy, in this well-written biography, offers many insights into the family an professional life of Strauss. Kennedy shos great interest in the intellect, the miracle that produced the sublime music of the composer's Lieder, tone poems and operas and implies the Lieder mayy well be the finest works, perhaps presenting yet another enigma for readers to consider." The Oper Jrnl MARCH 2001

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521027748
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. 1864–1898: Youth in Munich: 1. The family; 2. Wunderkind; 3. Growing up; 4. Meiningen; 5. Third conductor; 6. Dora and Weimar; 7. First failure; 8. Engagement; 9. Pauline; 10. The tone-poet; Part II. 1898–1918: The Berlin Years: 11. At the Kaiser's court; 12. Enter Hofmannsthal; 13. The Ariadne crisis; 14. Twentieth-century Offenbach; Part III. 1918–1933: Out of Fashion: 15. Vienna; 16. Intermezzo; 17. Helena; 18. Arabella; 19. The gathering storm; Part IV. 1933–1949: The Dark Years: 20. Taking Walter's place; 21. The Reich chamber; 22. Dismissal; 23. Working with Gregor; 24. Danae and Madeleine; 25. After Capriccio; 26. Eightieth birthday; 27. Metamorphosen; 28. 'I am Richard Strauss …'; 29. The exile; 30. London; 31. Last songs; 32. Return to Garmisch; Appendices; Notes; Select bibliography; Index.
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