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Articles by Gavin Plumley

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: Z is for Stefan Zweig

4 August 2014

The Austrian author's operatic collaboration with Strauss was one of his final works created in Germany, before fleeing from the Nazis to Brazil.

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: Y is for yodel

28 July 2014

The composer's Alpine home influenced the inclusion of yodelling in two of his works.

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: X is for Xylophone

21 July 2014

Strauss is often the favourite composer of percussionists, offering plenty of things to hit, chime and ring.

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: W is for Waltz

14 July 2014

The composer shared Johann Strauss II's fondness for triple time.

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: V is for Vienna

7 July 2014

Wearied by war, the once glorious imperial hub became home to a broken society during Strauss’s time there.

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: U is for Unheimlich

30 June 2014

So uncanny ('Unheimlich' in German) were Strauss's expressive skills, that he boasted he could even describe a knife and fork in music.

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: T is for Tenor

23 June 2014

The composer was less than generous to opera's traditional heroes in his writing, and couldn't resist mocking Puccini's tenorific tropes.

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: S is for Salzburg

16 June 2014

Mozart might be the city's most famous son, but Strauss and the Salzburg Festival ensure it remains relevant in today's musical world.

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: R is for Alexander Ritter

9 June 2014

Without Ritter's radicalizing influence, Strauss would have never written revolutionary works like Salome and Elektra.

The A-Z of Richard Strauss: Q is for Querschnitt

2 June 2014

With an ever-watching eye on his bank account, Strauss created and released a series of orchestral highlights ('Querschnitt' in German) from his operas.

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