RICHARD STRAUSS. German composer.
Autograph Musical Manuscript Signed, Richard Str, two pages, folio, undated. Together with a typewritten letter of the composer’s son, Dr. Franz Strauss, dated July 24, 1978, stating that manuscript sketches of his father are very rare.
This manuscript is [leaf] 31 of a sketch from Richard Strauss’s opera Capriccio, comprising thirty measures over eleven systems of the second part of the octet, with the lyrics in Italian.
Richard Strauss’s last opera, Capriccio, was composed in 1940-1941 and first performed at the Staatsoper in Munich in October 1942. The libretto is by Clemens Krauss which owed much to assistance from Hans Swarowsky, Strauss himself, [Stefan] Zweig and even [Hugo von] Hofmannsthal. It is described as a ‘conversation piece’…. Capriccio might so easily have been an old man’s indulgence, an opera with, as its basic idea, an unresolved discussion on Strauss’s favorite topic of the relative importance in opera of words and music…. Yet by setting the scene in a pre-Revolution French château…by symbolizing the problem through the rivalry for the Countess’s love of a poet and a musician, by introducing the character of a theater director with elements of Reinhardt in his makeup; and by the crowning inspiration (by the Count) that poet and musician should compose an opera about the events they are enacting, Krauss provided Strauss, through this marvelous one-act libretto, with what he had for so long craved, ‘a second Rosenkavalier, without the longueurs’…. None of his opera scores is more refined, more translucent, more elegant, more varied and none ends so magically, with a long soliloquy for the Countess in which Strauss’s melodic vein and consummate stagecraft show no diminution in their capacity to enslave an audience [The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians].
Elegantly framed with a bust-length portrait of Richard Strauss; matted in beveled gilt and cream, in a carved gilt frame measuring 24 inches wide by 21 inches high.
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