I have been researching “Der Ring des Nibelungen” the cycle of four operas by German composer Richard Wagner and have been enthralled by them.
I have always enjoyed studying German song especially Lieder. I find the interplay between the pianist and the singer captivating as each depends on the other in a way that can be quite unique to this genre of music.
One of my favourite composers of Lieder is Richard Strauss and I find myself getting emotionally drawn in to his songs. Richard Strauss was born in Munich, Germany on the 11th June 1864. Having a father that was a principal horn player at the Munich Court Opera ensured a passionate music education which resulted in Strauss completing his first composition at the age of 6.
In 1874 at the age of 10 he was introduced to the operas of Wagner…
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