The remarkable true story of how a US military man inspired Richard Strauss to compose an oboe concerto after World War II. inet and Bassoon, and the Oboe Concerto. These are all lushly beautiful pieces that suggest a late-in-life purification of Strauss's writing. This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world. World Premiere. 26/02/ Zurich Marcel Saillet, oboe / Tonhalle Orchestra / Volkmar Andreae.


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By the end of the following month, the composer had completed the work, the finest concerto for oboe written in the 20th century. Oboe concerto strauss home in the United States, de Lancie was astonished to discover that Strauss was publishing an oboe concerto and recalled his question that had been so oboe concerto strauss dismissed barely a few months previously.

But Strauss had not forgotten de Lancie.

The autograph of the score bore the inscription, "Oboe Concerto - - suggested by an American soldier. John de Lancie went on to be one of the most accomplished oboe players of the oboe concerto strauss era, serving as the principal oboist for the Philadelphia Orchestra for 30 years, as well as becoming a brilliant and exacting teacher of the instrument.

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It was only after his retirement that de Lancie finally performed and recorded the work oboe concerto strauss idea for which he had planted in the mind of the ageing Richard Strauss, contributing to the remarkable 'Indian summer' oboe concerto strauss a long and distinguished composing career.

From the very beginning, Strauss is not particularly interested in a highly virtuosic display but focuses on the lyrical qualities of the solo oboe.

A lush string interlude introduces the musical contrast and thematic extension and the movement quietly concludes with the opening pensive string gesture. The pensive string gesture once again serves as the accompaniment for a highly lyrical melody, seamlessly flowing into various registers.

Supported by a diatonic harmonic language that features oboe concerto strauss chromatic inflections, the movement has an essentially elegiac and nostalgic character. The concerto consists of three interconnected movements and lasts around 25 minutes: Juergen May has observed that "it is obvious that Strauss takes as his point of departure here the Classical and early- Oboe concerto strauss models of his musical youth.

The composer looks back to a past aesthetic from the perspective of someone who has lived through the paradigm changes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.


In this sense one might call the last works of Strauss postmodern. The first is the 4 semiquavers D—E—D—E which opens the piece in the cellos.