Powerful and Concise
Richard Strauss -
'... a composer of infinite promise ...'
Zarathustra may not be the finest of Strauss's tone-poems. The music was shaping in his mind before he had decided on its title, and indeed for a while he toyed with the idea of Faust as its subject. There was much consternation when it was announced that Strauss was setting Nietzsche's philosophy to music. In fact Strauss was as selective in his approach to Zarathustra as Delius in his Mass of Life or Mahler in Symphony No 8. As counterblast, Strauss described the work as 'a piece of music built in accordance with the pure laws of musical logic'...
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