Richard Strauss and the Great Tone Poem

  • Graham School of General Studies North Cityfront Plaza Drive Chicago, IL, 60611 United States

Richard Strauss’s extraordinary powers of music allowed him to create a series of tone poems that revolutionized the late Romantic style of the modern orchestra. We will consider the technical facility displayed in these poems and their ability to illustrate actions and persons through music. In addition to considering Strauss’s tone poems such as Ein Heldenleben and Also sprach Zarathustra, we will put his work in perspective by presenting the great tone poems by Rachmaninoff, Respighi, and Sibelius.


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