RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 25317277 LA English T1 Richard Strauss : new perspectives on the composer and his work A1 Gilliam, Bryan Randolph., PB Duke University Press PP Durham YR 1992 SN 0822312077 9780822312079 AB This first English-language volume of musicological essays on Richard Strauss places the German composer in the musical mainstream and situates him among the most influential composers of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Comprehensive and interdisciplinary in approach, this volume examines Strauss's life and work from a number of approaches and during various periods of his eighty-five-year creative life, a career that spanned one of the most remarkable stretches of modern German cultural and political history. The contributors discuss Strauss as a young composer steeped in a conservative instrumental tradition; as a brash young modernist tone poet of the 1890s; as an important composer of twentieth-century German opera; and as a cultural icon manipulated by the national socialists during the 1930s and early 1940s. Other essays compare Strauss and such contemporaries as Mahler and discuss recently discovered sources that shed important light on Strauss's late period of composition. Using Strauss's creative works as a framework for posing larger musicological questions, various themes recur throughout these essays: the tension between narrative and structure in program music and how that problem is reflected in musical analysis; the problem of extended tonality at the turn of the century; the issue of stylistic choice versus stylistic obligation; and new perspectives on progressive versus conservative from the standpoint of postmodernism.