As a young boy, Richard Strauss went on a hiking trip to an Alpine mountaintop. Years later, his final tone poem would be inspired by this trip, the death of his dear friend and colleague Gustav Mahler, and the philosophies of Frederic Nietzsche. This piece was the focal point for several aspects of his life, and once he reached the summit of his career, he could return what felt most natural to him, home.
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Music for this episode:
A Sophisticated Affair by Gavin Luke
All Gathered by Spectacles Wallet and Watch
Will You See Me by Claude Signet
Two Weeks in July by Franz Gordon
Forgotten Years by Trevor Kowalski
Wayfinders by Trevor Kowalski
Sources for this episode:
Richard Strauss: An Owner’s Manuel by David Hurwitz: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1574674420?pf_rd_r=ST48R1Z0RMQEYRMC7XK3&pf_rd_p=edaba0ee-c2fe-4124-9f5d-b31d6b1bfbee
An Alpine Symphony by Richard Strauss (Score)