60 years, Strauss was one of the leaders of the European music scene. He came from a family of musicians who early recognized his talent and intensively promoted. When he was 20 years old, his work had already been performed by the greatest contemporary conductors, and 35-year-old he looked already a number masterful symphonic poems Back: Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, Death and Transfiguration and Don Quixote. Meanwhile, Strauss had conquered a leading position in the European avant-garde; simultaneously he was one of the most sought after conductors of his time. Around the turn of the century shifted his compositional main interest of symphonic works to opera, and he created over the next 40 years as permanent compositions such as Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos and Capriccio. Over the years, Strauss also composed ballets, numerous free instrumental compositions, some choral works and an extensive collection of wonderful songs. His last great work, the plaintive Metamorphoses fOr 23 solo strings and the stunning Four Last Songs for soprano and orchestra arose amid the destruction that had the Second World War brought about Germany.
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