Richard Strauss and his Heroines - the great composer's relationship to women | Music Documentary

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Richard Strauss (1864-1949), master of the late Romantic and early modern eras, is perhaps best known for his operas Salmone (1905), Der Rosenkavalier (1911) and Elektra (1909). Strauss managed to express the wide range of female emotions in these compositions. The documentary Richard Strauss and his Heroines chronicles the iconic female characters in Strauss’ operas by embedding them within the historical context of the time. Richard Strauss’ life was shaped by three, widely varying epochs in German history: the German Empire, the Nazi dictatorship and later, the post-war period. It was during the height of the German Empire, namely in 1894, that Strauss composed his first opera: Guntram. He envisioned his pupil Pauline de Ahna, whom he married mere months afterwards, and who would remain the greatest female influence in his life, to sing the lead role. In the following decades, prior to the Nazi’s ascent to power, Strauss composed some of his most celebrated operas: Salmone (1905), Elektra (

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