28 April 2014 at 12.53pm | Comment on this article
Some of his songs clearly maintain the strophic structure of the original text, while others often show Strauss’s dramatic bent, developing like operatic scenes in miniature. When Salome became a huge success in 1905 (despite the Kaiser's predictions), Strauss’s focus on Lieder diminished, though he returned to song during his final years, not least with the intensely moving Four Last Songs, comprising three poems by Hermann Hesse, whose work had been banned by the Nazis, and one text by Joseph von Eichendorff.
2014 sees the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth. The composer is celebrated at the ROH with stagings of Die Frau ohne Schatten (which ran until 2 April 2014) and Ariadne auf Naxos (25 June-13 July). Tickets for Ariadne auf Naxos are still available.