Richard Strauss


Richard Strauss (1864-1949) was a German conductor and composer of both innovative late-Romantic and Modernist music. He is best known for his symphonic poems and operas like Salome and Elektra, both of which caused a sensation. Strauss gained a whole new generation of admirers when his Also sprach Zarathustra was used in the 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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  • 1864 - 1949
    Life of the German composer Richard Strauss.
  • 11 Jun 1864
    The composer Richard Strauss is born in Munich, Germany.
  • 1885
    Richard Strauss becomes the assistant and then principal conductor of the Meiningen orchestra.
  • 1886
    Richard Strauss takes up a conducting post at the Munich court opera.
  • 1894
    Richard Strauss marries the soprano singer Pauline de Ahna.
  • 1894
    Richard Strauss' first opera Guntram is a failure.
  • 1896
    The premiere of Richard Strauss' symhponic poem Thus Spoke Zarathustra.
  • 1897
    Richard Strauss' son Franz is born.
  • 1905
    The premiere of Richard Strauss' opera Salome.
  • 1909
    The premiere of Richard Strauss' opera Elektra.
  • 1911
    the premiere of Richard Strauss' opera Der Rosenkavalier.
  • 1915
    Richard Struass composes his symphonic poem Ein Alpensinfonie.
  • 1936
    Richard Strauss composes the score for a Nazi film on the Berlin Olympics.
  • 1942
    The premiere of Richard Strauss' final opera Capriccio.
  • 1948
    Richard Strauss composes his Vier letzte Lieder (Four Last Songs).
  • 8 Sep 1949
    The composer Richard Strauss dies at his home in Garmisch.