Strauss’ Alpine Symphony was one of the tracks on the first CD ever, released in 1983 on the Deutsche Grammophon label.
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A Pioneer of the Modern Movement
Richard Strauss is born in Munich, Germany
This composer of Romantic and early-modern works understood the workings of an orchestra like few others have before or since.
As a young man, he used to frequent rehearsals of the Munich Court Orchestra and take lessons in music theory with some of the conductors. Strauss’ training and own innate talent for writing complex orchestral pieces led him in new directions as he got older; he started writing “tone poems,” pieces of music inspired by and written about a painting, novel, or some other non-musical source (his first tone poem was Don Juan). In addition, at the turn of the 19th century, Strauss began composing operas. He conducted many orchestras and also explored dissonance, combining chords in ways that sometimes startled listeners.