Presentation on theme: "Richard Strauss. Early Life (1864-1949) Strauss was born in Munich, Germany. He was born on June 11, 1864. His first piano lesson was at the age."— Presentation transcript:
Early Life (1864-1949) Strauss was born in Munich, Germany. He was born on June 11, 1864. His first piano lesson was at the age of four. He also began violin studies four years after that.
Father Strauss’ father was Franz Strauss Franz was the principal French-horn player of the Munich Court Orchestra and was recognized as Germany’s leading virtuoso of the instrument.
Mother Richard Strauss’ mother’s name was not given. His mother came from the prominent brewing family of Pschorr.
Father’s Influence Strauss’ had a musical upbringing by his father. Through his father’s connections, Strauss met the leading musicians of the day. For example, the conductor Hans von Bülow, who commissioned Strauss’s Suite for 13 Winds for the Meiningen Orchestra.
Bülow Bülow invited Strauss to conduct Strauss’ Suite for 13 Winds first performance in Munich in November 1884. Bülow offered Strauss the post of assistant conductor at Meiningen. Thenceforward Strauss’s eminence as a conductor paralleled his rise as a composer.
First Composing Alexander Ritter urged Strauss to abandon classical forms and to express his musical ideas in the medium of the symphonic. After mastering this, he conducted the first performance of his symphonic poem Don Juan.
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