The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss

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The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss

By Charles Youmans

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Richard Strauss is a composer much loved among audiences throughout the world, both in the opera house and the concert hall. Despite this popularity, Strauss was for many years ignored by scholars, who considered his commercial success and his continued reliance on the tonal system to be liabilities. However, the past two decades have seen a resurgence of scholarly interest in the composer. This Companion surveys the results, focusing on the principal genres, the social and historical context, and topics perennially controversial over the last century. Chapters cover Strauss's immense operatic output, the electrifying modernism of his tone poems, and his ever-popular Lieder. Controversial topics are explored, including Strauss's relationship to the Third Reich and the sexual dimension of his works. Reintroducing the composer and his music in light of recent research, the volume shows Strauss's artistic personality to be richer and much more complicated than has been previously acknowledged.

Subject: Humanities -> Music -> Opera

The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 11/18/10
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 1139801902
ISBN 13: 9781139801904
Print ISBN: 9780521899307

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