Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Richard Strauss (photo Tully Potter)Richard Strauss (photo Tully Potter)

Introduction

Richard Strauss’s father, Franz, was the leading horn player in Munich. Though Wagner entrusted to him the important horn solos in the premieres of Tristan, Meistersinger and Parsifal, he was openly scathing about Wagner’s music. He lived till 1905, long enough to see, paradoxically, his son become the most passionate advocate of Wagner’s music and among its most brilliant interpreters. Read the full biography

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