Richard Strauss at 150

As the music world celebrates the 150th birthday of composer Richard Strauss with a wealth of performances and re-assessments of his musical legacy, the VFTP archive team have been gathering together Ken’s key writings on this most important and often misunderstood composer. Check in throughout the anniversary year for new bits of opinion, provocation and […]

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Re-rating Richard part III: Strauss, personality and politics

  Part III- Strauss’s personality and politics are as misunderstood as they are talked about. (Part I- “He was no Mahler, he was no Wagner” is here” Part III  Strauss- Innovation and Absolute Music is here) Richard Strauss’s music is an intergral and popular part of the modern concert repertoire, and yet, he remains one of […]

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Re-rating Richard part II: Strauss, innovation and absolute music.

Part II- Strauss and Modernity, Strauss and Program Music (Part I- “He was no Mahler, he was no Wagner” is here”) Richard Strauss’s music is an intergral and popular part of the modern concert repertoire, and yet, he remains one of our most misunderstood and underrated composers. We all know the case against Richard Strauss: […]

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Re-rating Richard part I: Strauss, he was no Mahler, he was no Wagner.

Part I- He was no Mahler, he was no Wagner. Richard Strauss’s music is an intergral and popular part of the modern concert repertoire, and yet, he remains one of our most misunderstood and underrated composers. We all know the case against Richard Strauss: he was no Gustav Mahler, he was no Richard Wagner, he […]

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Tod und Verklarung- a study in hope

I’m feeling a little frustrated at my current blogging output- it is just that time of year when one has to answer emails or one doesn’t work in the year to come…. Oh yes, there is also music to learn…. I’ve already shared a few thoughts about Brahms 1 in expectation of this week’s Oregon […]

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