Donald Macleod focuses on figures who played a key role in Strauss's early career, including his father, conductor Hans von Bulow, violinist Alexander Ritter and his wife, Pauline.
Donald Macleod introduces important figures who each played a key role in Strauss's burgeoning career as both conductor and composer.
Strauss's father, Franz, exerted a powerful influence over his education and early career. Conductor Hans von Bülow gave Strauss his first conducting post, and the violinist Alexander Ritter was responsible for igniting Strauss's passion for Wagner. However, the most significant figure of all was Strauss's wife, the distinguished soprano Pauline de Ahna, for whom Strauss wrote more than 200 songs over the course of his career.
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