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The Cambridge Companion to Richard Strauss

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Charles Youmans, James Deaville, Walter Werbeck, Wayne Heisler, David Larkin, James Hepokoski, Morten Kristiansen, Bryan Gilliam, Philip Graydon, Susan Youens, Jürgen May, Alex Ross, Günter Brosche, Michael Walter, Scott Warfield, Raymond Holden
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  • Date Published: December 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521728157

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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.

    • Refutes the outdated caricature of Strauss as a nineteenth-century composer living in the twentieth century, revealing him to have been centrally involved in early twentieth-century modernism
    • Reconsiders Strauss's works systematically by genre in the light of new conceptions of his aesthetic goals
    • Presents evidence of a major change in the composer's reception, giving the reader a new perspective on the well-known works
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    • Date Published: December 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521728157
    • length: 370 pages
    • dimensions: 244 x 170 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 2 tables 70 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Chronology of Strauss's life and career Charles Youmans
    Part I. Background:
    1. The musical world of Strauss's youth James Deaville
    2. Strauss's compositional process Walter Werbeck
    3. Maturity and indecision in the early works Wayne Heisler
    Part II. Works:
    4. The first cycle of tone poems David Larkin
    5. The second cycle of tone poems James Hepokoski
    6. Strauss's road to operatic success: Guntram, Feuersnot, and Salome Morten Kristiansen
    7. The Strauss-Hofmannsthal operas Bryan Gilliam
    8. Opera after Hofmannsthal Philip Graydon
    9. 'Actually, I like my songs best': Strauss's Lieder Susan Youens
    10. Last works Jürgen May
    Part III. Perspectives:
    11. Strauss's place in the twentieth century Alex Ross
    12. Musical quotation and allusion in the works of Richard Strauss Günter Brosche
    13. Strauss in the Third Reich Michael Walter
    14. Strauss and the business of music Scott Warfield
    15. Kapellmeister Strauss Raymond Holden
    16. Strauss and the sexual body: the erotics of humor, philosophy, and ego-assertion Bryan Gilliam
    17. Strauss and the nature of music Charles Youmans

  • Editor

    Charles Youmans, Pennsylvania State University
    Charles Youmans is Associate Professor of Music at Penn State University. He is the author of Richard Strauss and the German Intellectual Tradition (2005), and his articles and essays have appeared in Nineteenth-Century Music, The Musical Quarterly, the Journal of Musicology, and various edited collections.


    Charles Youmans, James Deaville, Walter Werbeck, Wayne Heisler, David Larkin, James Hepokoski, Morten Kristiansen, Bryan Gilliam, Philip Graydon, Susan Youens, Jürgen May, Alex Ross, Günter Brosche, Michael Walter, Scott Warfield, Raymond Holden

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