An Alpine Symphony (Eine Alpensinfonie), Op. 64, is a tone poem for a very large orchestra written by German composer Richard Strauss in 1915. It is one of Strauss's largest non-operatic works; the score calls for about 125 players and a typical performance usually lasts around 50 minutes. The program of An Alpine Symphony depicts the experiences of eleven[not verified in body] hours (from daybreak just before dawn to the following nightfall) spent climbing an Alpine mountain.
In 1981 a recording of An Alpine Symphony, made with Herbert von Karajan conducting the Berlin Philharmonic, became the first work ever to be pressed on the compact disc format.
Performances & Interviews
- Strauss: Alpine Symphonyhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sx8y7.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sx8y7.jpg2012-06-15T19:27:00.000ZStephen Johnson explores Strauss's massive Alpine Symphony. Was it an attempt to glorify nature in music, or more a testament to the composer's own ego?https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/b01jrl5r
Strauss: Alpine SymphonyStephen Johnson explores Strauss's massive Alpine Symphony. Was it an attempt to glorify nature in music, or more a testament to the composer's own ego?
- Strauss: Alpine Symphonyhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w8j4l.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w8j4l.jpg2014-03-26T17:10:00.000ZWilliam Mival provides a personal recommendation from the available recordings of Richard Strauss's massive tone poem Alpensinfoniehttps://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01w8j56
Strauss: Alpine SymphonyWilliam Mival provides a personal recommendation from the available recordings of Richard Strauss's massive tone poem Alpensinfonie
- Strauss: An Alpine Symphonyhttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p022529p.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p022529p.jpg2014-07-04T12:13:00.000ZProms Music Guide: Andrew McGregor on Strauss' Alpine Symphony.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p02252bh
Strauss: An Alpine SymphonyProms Music Guide: Andrew McGregor on Strauss' Alpine Symphony.