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The Life of Richard Strauss (Musical Lives)
Richard Strauss' successful conducting and composing career spanned one of the most fascinating stretches of modern German history, from oil lamps to atomic energy, from a young empire to a divided Germany. This biography covers Strauss' early musical development, his emergence as a tone poet in the late nineteenth century, his turn to the stage at the beginning of the twe ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published November 17th 2010 by Cambridge University Press
(first published August 19th 1999)
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This book was the only assigned reading for the graduate history seminar on Strauss I took in the fall of 2002. Dr. Bell taught the class, and it was great. But I was in the thick of writing my master's thesis (a four-movement piece for orchestra) at the time. And time was something I utterly lacked. so I made the conscious decision to skip the reading, because I realized I would do as well and get as much out of the class whether I did it or not. But I did promise myself that I would read the b ...more