14S110F Richard Strauss, "...A First-Class, Second-Rate Composer."
Location: Hopkins Center
Room: Faulkner Recital Hall
Saturday, March 22, 2014-Saturday, May 10, 2014
Meets 10:00 AM-12:00 PM EDT
Status: This course is completed
Strauss was not disparaging his talents with the statement quoted in the title of this course. In his estimation, only Bach, Mozart and Beethoven were ‘first-rate’ composers. So placing himself among the ‘best-of-the-rest’ implied considerable self-esteem. Strauss was one of very few composers who excelled in three genres – orchestral, opera and lieder. In addition, as an accomplished conductor, he held appointed positions and appeared as guest conductor with several notable orchestras and opera companies. Of Strauss’s compositions, not all have been critically acclaimed; but the number that rise to incomparable heights is significant.
The year 2014 marks the 150th anniversary of Strauss’s birth as well as the 65th anniversary of his death. Those of us who enjoy classical music will be hearing many of his works throughout the year. The intent of this course is to broaden our appreciation of his music while learning more about Richard Strauss and his influence on the music world. Emphasis will be on the important orchestral works but Strauss’s operas and lieder will not be neglected. Classes will comprise lecture and discussion as well as recorded audio and video performances. One 150-page book will be required reading.
Richard Strauss by Ernest Newman
Instructor -- Robert Koester
is retired from the telecommunications field. His formal education includes degrees in music education and electrical engineering. He has led ILEAD courses on the Trans-Siberian Railroad and the Transit of Venus as well the Study/Travel programs for ILEAD’s total solar eclipse trips to Turkey in 2006 and to the South Pacific in 2012.