Today is the 150th Birth Anniversary of Richard Strauss
[caption id="attachment_75977" align="alignright" width="236"] 1918 portrait of Strauss by Max Liebermann[/caption] June 11th is the 150th birth anniversary of German composer and conductorÂ Richard Strauss. Â Born on this date in 1864, he lived until 1949. Â He was an important figure in the musical developments of the late Romantic and early modern eras. Â He expanded the range of orchestral writing by both increasing the size of the orchestra and by enriching the complexity of harmonic language. This evening's Symphony @ 7 will be two hours long so I can bring you two of the larger orchestra works, as well as four songs for soprano and orchestra. Â From 1897, we'll hear Don Quixote, a large tone poem for cello and orchestra, inspired by the Â early 17th novel by Cervantes, and in the second hour, from 1914, Josephlegende (The Legend of Joseph), a one-act ballet based on the Biblical story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife. Â In between, we'll have four of his loveliest songs, composed between 1894 and 1933. Join me this evening for both familiar and rare music from Richard Strauss on Classical 101.