Donald Macleod and Julian Johnson reflect on how self portraiture is represented by Richard Strauss's music, with Sinfonia domestica and Ein Heldenleben.
For Portraits Day, Donald Macleod is joined by Professor Julian Johnson from Royal Holloway, University of London, to reflect on how self portraiture is represented by Richard Strauss's music. While Strauss as the hero of "Ein Heldenleben" encouraged some healthy debate when it was first heard in 1899, other works are more direct in their association. Dedicated to his wife and his son, Sinfonia domestica details a day in the life of the Strauss family, including its most intimate moments. While critics of the day found it vulgar, the public loved it, and Strauss was unashamedly unapologetic. He told journalists in 1921 that the work was among his favourites, since it showed him and his opinions most clearly.
You are at the first episode