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Composers: Return to Richard

In the last four years of his life, Richard Strauss seldom heard his works performed by his own countrymen. The post World War II silent treatment was his...

Music: Bad Boy

(See front cover) In the winter of 1907, Manhattan had its most celebrated operatic scandal. Critics scolded, pulpits seethed. The solemn, stiff-collared...

Music: Operas Revisited

The Munich Opera House has long rested much of its reputation on those two sturdy musical pillars, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Richard Strauss. Last week, as...

Music: Strauss at 70

Twenty-nine years have passed since Richard Strauss's Salome first shed her veils for Herod, shrieked her demands for the head of John the Baptist, groveled...

Music: Strauss v. Munich

Richard Strauss was born in Munich and lived there, or not far away, much of his life, but he feuded with the staid M√ľnchners for rejecting his first (1893)...

Music: Strauss v. Hitler

Richard Strauss, of Nazi Germany, whose only rival to the title of greatest living composer is Jean Sibelius, of Nazi-dominated Finland, has dared to defy the...

Opera: With One Eye Winking

Charming, schmaltzy, waltz-prone Vienna flips for charming, schmaltzy waltz-prone Leonard Bernstein. In 1966, he conducted a rousing Falstaff at the...

Music: Ein Heldenleben

At one time, visitors who rang the bell at the door of Zöppritzstrasse No. 46 in the little Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen heard a recorded voice boom...

The Nation: Also Sprach Houston

Mission Control in Houston chose to awake the Apollo 15 astronauts from one of their sleep periods with an interesting choice of tunes: the grandiose opening...

Music: Strauss's Last Opera

Salzburg's great music festival is traditionally dedicated to Mozart. For 30 years, thousands of visitors have flocked each summer to the ancient town which...

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