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Richard Strauss: An Intimate Portrait

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From the autobiographical opera, Intermezzo, based on a domestic misunderstanding, to the self-confident tone poem, Ein Heldenleben, Richard Strauss's works related to his personal experience as closely as any 19th-century romantic. This is a portrait of the man and his music. A large number of the illustrations are taken from the private archive of the Strauss family. The ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Thames & Hudson (first published 1984)
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Wihelm's biography does not lack information, but it does lack organization. I found it very repetitive and the chronology was hard to follow. Also, he has many problems communicating the subject of a sentence. After the word he, she, they etc, one typically thinks of the last name mentioned. Not so with this book.

Perhaps more could have been written about what Strauss thought of his own music. Regrettably, the story of copyright issues with Aus Italian was completely left out, as well as that o
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