1896: A Musical Odyssey, part III

Decoding the layers of meaning in Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss is no small task.  Strauss works with a late Romantic music language that is very rich harmonically, and makes use of many of the innovations of Richard Wagner’s music dramas.  Almost immediately after the premiere, Strauss’s tone poem was being broken down in... Continue Reading →

1896: A Musical Odyssey, Part II

In my conception of Good Music for this blog, one of the things I encouraged my readers to do,  was to listen to each piece of music on its own terms, and not ask the music to be anything it wasn’t trying to be.  There has been much debate about what Also Sprach Zarathustra is... Continue Reading →

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