Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra

Overview

Although one of Richard Strauss's most controversial works, the tone poem is also a staple of the virtuoso orchestra. This guide examines the work's intellectual background and considers the ways in which it has been received by such composers as Romain Rolland and Bartok.
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Overview

Although one of Richard Strauss's most controversial works, the tone poem is also a staple of the virtuoso orchestra. This guide examines the work's intellectual background and considers the ways in which it has been received by such composers as Romain Rolland and Bartok.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521400763
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
1 'Freely after Nietzsche' 1
2 The Straussian tone poem as drama 10
The Lisztian symphonic poem and mythic symbols 11
Strauss and the mythic in Nietzsche's Zarathustra 12
Ritter, Strauss and the poetic 13
The symphonic poem as character sketch; the tone poem as drama 16
3 Strauss's individualism 20
Strauss and anarchist individualism 22
Nietzsche's concept of the individual 25
The individual and the evolution of the Superman 27
The Eternal Recurrence as affirmation of life 28
4 Composition and first performances 31
5 Reception 39
Programme music and its antagonists 39
Naturalism and Impressionism 44
Zarathustra in France: Romain Rolland and 'Neroism' 46
Reappraisal: from Superman to science fiction 49
6 Narratives 54
The tone poem as Nietzschean narrative 54
Hahn's evolutionary narrative 64
Strauss as Zarathustra 67
7 Structures 70
Strauss and the leitmotif 70
Symphonic characteristics of Also sprach Zarathustra 75
Variation, metamorphosis and variant 84
8 Rhetoric 88
9 Afterword 107
Notes 110
Bibliography 118
Index 122
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