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029781933X
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Matthew Boyden
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Trafalgar Square; 1st edition (May 13, 1999)
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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. One of Germany's most successful and popular composers, Richard Strauss (1864-1949) enjoyed huge celebrity, vast wealth.

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Northeastern University Press, 1999 - 431 páginas. In this intriguing biography, Matthew Boyden unveils the man behind the music, painting in masterful fashion a portrait of Strauss's life and work against the backdrop of his culture and turbulent times. One of Germany's most successful and popular composers, Richard Strauss (1864-1949) enjoyed huge celebrity, vast wealth, and unequaled adulation during his lifetime. Boyden examines his upbringing, his education, the influence of his domineering father and other mentors, and his loving but tempestuous relationship with his wife, soprano Pauline de Ahna.

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Richard Strauss's 85 years of life spanned a revolution in Germany from 1864 when the nation did not exist to 1949

Richard Strauss's 85 years of life spanned a revolution in Germany from 1864 when the nation did not exist to 1949. A nationalist but also a humanist, he believed in culture as & exoneration' and chose to remain in Nazi Germany and serve the Third Reich. Matthew Boyden examines for the first time Strauss's behaviour under Nazism, and assesses the incongruity of a seemingly crude character and the unfailing beauty and articulation of his music.

One of Germany's most successful and popular composers, Richard Strauss (1864-1949) enjoyed huge celebrity, vast wealth, and unequaled adulation during his lifetime. His masterful tone poems and operas, including Der Rosenkavalier, Salome, and Elektra, form a musical legacy that endures today. Yet Strauss was an enigmatic figure-an artistic genius who was consumed with a passion to protect the prosperity and security of his own interests.

Richard Strauss's 85 years of life spanned a revolution in Germany - from 1864 when the nation did not exist to 1949.

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Richard Georg Strauss (German pronunciation: ; 11 June 1864 – 8 September 1949) was a German composer, conductor, pianist, and violinist. Considered a leading composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras, he has been described as a successor of Richard Wagner and Franz Liszt. Along with Gustav Mahler, he represents the late flowering of German Romanticism after Wagner, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style.

Richard Strauss (June 11, 1864 – September 8, 1949) was a German (Bavarian) composer of classical music and conductor. His music has always been popular: both in the concert hall and on recordings. He is perhaps best known nowadays for his Operas, of which Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier, Ariadne auf Naxos are the most frequently performed. He was also a composer of symphonic works such as Thus Spake Zarathustra and A Hero's Life.

Richard Strauss's 85 years of life spanned a revolution in Germany - from 1864 when the nation did not exist to 1949. A nationalist but also a humanist, he believed in culture as `moral exoneration' and chose to remain in Nazi Germany and serve the Third Reich. Matthew Boyden examines for the first time Strauss's behaviour under Nazism, and assesses the incongruity of a seemingly crude character and the unfailing beauty and articulation of his music. A product of his age, an astounding talent and a man adept at concealing himself, Strauss only properly revealed his nature during the last twenty years of his life, when the pressures became both unbearable and unavoidable. This is the first detailed study of that nature.
  • deadly claw
This is a fascinating, impressively researched, balanced biography of Richard Strauss. The author clearly appreciates Strauss's music, but refuses to either gloss over or demonize Strauss's personal flaws, anti-Semitism, or involvement with the Nazis. (Strauss was not a party member; his involvement with the Nazis was in part because of career pragmatism, in part because of his interest in composers' rights, and, well, in part because he agreed with their cultural agenda.) He was a great composer and an outstanding conductor, but hardly a hero.
Until reading this, my knowledge of Strauss was limited mostly to various album notes and a few encyclopedia articles. I'd heard that some biographies trash him, and some are basically a whitewash. I'm glad I chose this one. It gives a comprehensive view of his influences and his life. Other composers had spectacular flaws; Strauss's reputation has probably suffered disproportionately.
Be warned: this is a thesis. You will experience the horror of endnotes. I don't know why Northeastern University Press didn't turn these into footnotes; perhaps some editor there has a fetish for turning back and forth between pages. Given that some chapters have over 50 endnotes, you're forced to either ignore them, read them all at once out of context, or place a post-it on the appropriate endnotes page and flip back and forth. Pointlessly annoying.
Although this is not always a fast read, especially because of the endnotes, toward the end it does become a page-turner. The epilogue, with the author's conclusions, is impressive.
If you love Strauss's music and want to know more, this is worth buying.
M. Brian Kelly
  • Dondallon
In a fairly straightforward biography emphasizing the composition and production of Strauss's music, this book also looks unblinkingly at his anti-Semitism (which diminished after the birth of his two adored half-Jewish grandsons) and at his confused and confusing involvement with Hitler's Third Reich. The music is lovingly and skilfully described. This is the portrait of a man who is utterly devoted to his art and his family, and who is all too human when confronted with the political pressures bearing on them.
  • Rude
The only reason there is a star is because Amazon will not accept none (let alone negative ones, which this pretentious poison deserves). This book was written with a sledgehammer, with an agenda as relentless in its distortion as tiresome in its smugness. Not for serious people who crave facts - all of them - without the varnishings of post-modern judgementalism. Those looking for a biography of such a complicated creative genius living through worse than complicated times will have to look elsewhere.
  • Kemath
This book is a snore and a half because it does not depict the composers life in a realistic view. The auther must have read an encyclopedia exert and then thought he knew enough about him to write a book, because the book can be summerized into 1 scentance and that scentance would be Richard Struass was a great composer. All in all I am very disappointed in this book.
  • Super P
Boyden's biography can't be faulted for lack of detail; he gives the reader quite enough to form a coherent view of Strauss's compositions and his activities as a conductor, as well as a sufficient grasp of his friendships and family life. The problem is he obviously dislikes Strauss and distorts and exaggerates his failings beyond the point of sense.

It's clear from other biographies and memoirs that Strauss wasn't warm-hearted. Jascha Horenstein once summed him up as "icy cold". He also cared very little for ordinary listeners who admired his music, telling Stefan Zweig that as long as his audience paid to hear his music he was satisfied and done with them.

He was an "elitist", a jargon word that nevertheless applies to him. His self-concern overwhelmed any possible activities besides composing, conducting, and enjoying his family life, though the latter seems to have been difficult because Pauline, his wife, was a virago to the nth degree.

Boyden doesn't say Strauss was a genuine Nazi sympathizer but clearly thinks his obsequious behavior towards Hitler and especially Goebbels was contemptible, underlining this with the back jacket photo of Strauss and Goebbels sharing a public joke. He makes a somewhat valid point, but clearly Strauss was indifferent to Nazi ideology and viewed the Third Reich as mostly an imposition on his privacy, not an admirable attitude but consistent with his lifelong apolitical attitudes.

The problem with Strauss biography is that Michael Kennedy, who also wrote a full-dress biography about the same time as Boyden, goes in the other direction, portraying Strauss as a decent bourgeois citizen whose life centered on music and his family and was, therefore, largely a victim of his times. Kennedy is discerning, but I can't help wondering if he doesn't unwittingly argue the case that Strauss was passive and self-centered in a near pathological sense. Should a figure who wants public acclaim, a composer and conductor, become a hermit of culture who's more interested in his bank balance and apathetic about that public.

Strauss's music makes a great appeal, IMHO, but perhaps Toscanini was right about the man himself?