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From June 9-15, Strauss is in the House at WQXR

In honor of Richard Strauss's 150th birthday on June 11, 2014, WQXR is presenting a week of special programming devoted to the German composer who gave us epic symphonic works, lush songs and groundbreaking operas. Running from June 9-15, our mini-festival features his major as well as lesser-known works, a documentary program, podcasts and expert commentary. Tweet us your Strauss reflections at #Strauss150.

Programming Specials:

• A Daily Strauss Tone Poem on WQXR (Weekdays at 1 pm)
• Two Full Strauss operas each day on the Operavore stream

Saturday Opera: Der Rosenkavalier Encore from the Metropolitan Opera (Saturday, 1 pm)
A Sunday Strauss Great Interpreters Marathon (Sunday, 10 am-6 pm)
Music is a Holy Art: A Richard Strauss Celebration (Mon at 9 pm; Wed at 10 pm; Sat at 12 pm)

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Richard Strauss's Influence on Film Music

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Even though Strauss's music isn't cribbed by film composers as blatantly as music by Wagner and Stravinsky, the dramatic sound of Strauss's orchestral pieces has had a powerful impact in movies.

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Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier from the Met

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Saturday at 1 pm, join us for an encore broadcast of Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier recorded this season at the Metropolitan Opera.

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3-Minute Opera: Strauss's Capriccio

Friday, June 13, 2014

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. For Strauss Week, Spurgeon breaks down Strauss's Capriccio in a New York minute (or three).

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Five Most Notorious Performances of Strauss's 'Dance of the Seven Veils'

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

For Strauss's birthday, how about a little dance? We've collected the top five infamous renditions of the lurid routine from Salome.

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Part 3 - The Enigma of Richard Strauss

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Strauss was a very private man, and many felt he wore a mask in public, never showing his true self. In this final segment of our three-part series, we attempt to pull back the mask and see the man himself.

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From Obscure to Iconic: Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra and '2001'

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Richard Strauss's place in popular culture comes down to one rumbling giant of a fanfare: the 22-bar opening of his Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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3-Minute Opera: Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. Spurgeon breaks down Der Rosenkavalier in a New York minute (or three).

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3-Minute Opera: Strauss' Salome

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Give WQXR morning host Jeff Spurgeon three minutes and he'll give you a Richard Strauss opera. For Strauss Week, Spurgeon breaks down Strauss's Salome in a New York minute (or three).

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Tell Us Your Favorite Strauss Interpreters

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

You've told us your favorite Strauss singers, conductors and instrumentalists and we're featuring some of them as we close out Strauss Week all day today.

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Part 2 - Strong Women Dominate Strauss Operas

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Strauss's operas centered around their female stars, which include Salome, Elektra and Der Rosenkavalier. This second segment of a three-part series explores the female protagonist in Strauss.

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Richard Strauss's 10 Golden Rules for Young Conductors

Monday, June 09, 2014

Rule No. 2: "You should not perspire when conducting. Only the audience should get warm." No. 4: "Never look encouragingly at the brass."

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CD Box Set Giveaway: The Complete Strauss Operas

Monday, June 09, 2014

Sunday is the last day to enter for a chance to win a CD box set of Strauss' complete operas from Deutsche Grammophon.

Exploring Richard Strauss

Monday, June 09, 2014

Richard Strauss — whose musical life spanned nine decades, two world wars and the Third Reich — was one of Germany's most gifted and controversial figures. Host Bill McGlaughlin explores Strauss' tone poems, operas and life both public and private in this five-part biography.

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Part 1 - Epic Tales Well Told: Strauss's Tone Poems

Monday, June 09, 2014

Strauss first came to international attention for his tone poems, those colorful, sometimes decidedly non-PC symphonic works that portray moods, events and characters.

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A Sampling of Noteworthy Strauss Recordings for 2014

Sunday, June 08, 2014

If it’s a major composer anniversary year, that must mean a batch of new recordings. Read about four notable Strauss albums and get a free download.

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Music is a Holy Art: A Richard Strauss Celebration

Sunday, June 08, 2014

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss's birth, this hour-long special explores his dedication to his art, as reflected in his grand orchestral works and his unforgettable operas.

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Behind Richard Strauss's Murky Relationship with the Nazis

Thursday, June 05, 2014

As the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss arrives, our latest podcast considers the composer's activities under the Nazi regime, and how his later works should be judged.

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Strauss Week on Operavore

Thursday, June 05, 2014

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From June 9-13, WQXR is celebrating the 150th anniversary of composer Richard Strauss's birth by playing two of his operas a day on the Operavore stream.

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Richard Strauss is in the House

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

If 2013 was the year of Wagner, Verdi and Britten, the uncontested star of 2014 is Richard Strauss. Fred Plotkin presents a guide to performances around the 150th anniversary of his birth.

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