October 16, 2017

Serenade in E-flat, Op. 7

Richard Strauss

Born: June 11, 1864, Munich, Germany

Died: September 8, 1949, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Composed: 1884

Duration: 10 minutes

Richard Strauss had just turned seventeen when he composed his Serenade for 13 wind instruments in 1881. In true prodigy style, he had already published a string quartet, a piano sonata, some shorter piano pieces, and an...

April 5, 2016

Parade-Marsch Des Regiments Königs-Jäger Zu Pferde No. 1 (Parade March for the King’s Mounted Hunters)

Richard Strauss

Born: June 11, 1864, Munich, Germany

Died: September 8, 1949, Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany

Original Instrumentation: Military Band

Duration: 3 minutes

Composed: 1905

Arranged: 1978, Don Owen

In 1904, when the eminent German composer and conductor Richard Strauss was music di...

November 5, 2015

Sonatina in F, "From an Invalid's Workshop," TrV 288

Richard Strauss

Born: June 11, 1864, Munich, Bavaria

Died: September 8, 1949, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Instrumentation: Wind Ensemble

Duration: 30 minutes

Composed: 1943

It was as a sixteen-year-old schoolboy, in 1881, that Richard Strauss wrote his first work for wind: the Serenade in E-flat Major for 13 Wind Instruments, Op. 7, whi...

September 16, 2014

Suite in B-flat, Op. 4

  1. Präludium

  2. Romanze

  3. Gavotte

  4. Introduction und Fuge

Richard Strauss

Born: June 11, 1864 in Munich, Germany

Died: September 8, 1949 in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Instrumentation: 13 Wind Instruments

Duration: 24 minutes

Composed: 1884

Premiere:

Origins:

There is no particular reason why Richard Strauss should have ever composed any music for winds, ev...

October 1, 2012

Although we typically only think of Strauss's contributions to the wind band medium in terms of four pieces (Suite Op. 4, Serenade Op. 7, Sonatina No. 1, Symphony or Sonatina No. 2), he also wrote a good deal of brass band music. Among these contributions is his Wiener Philharmoniker Fanfare.

You can find program notes for the piece below, as well as a recording.

Program Notes by Barbara...

July 2, 2010

In a continuation of yesterday's post on the Serenade, Op. 7 by Richard Strauss, today's post will focus on his Sonatina No. 1, "From an Invalid's Workshop."

Among Strauss's four most widely recognized pieces for winds, the Sonatina No. 1 probably gets the least attention and it is certainly the least performed of the four. In some ways, both Sonatinas are more aurally challenging than...

July 1, 2010

Richard Strauss wrote several pieces considered to be among the finest ever written for winds, among them Suite, Op. 4, Sonatina No. 1, The Invalid's Workshop, Sonatina No. 2, The Happy Workshop, and the Serenade, Op. 7. Last season, UMWO performed the second Sonatina and next year, we will perform the Suite, Op. 4. There is quite a bit of information on both these pieces in past posts...

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