By Norman Del Mar
Norman Del Mar (1919-1994) used to be universally regarded as a number one authority at the track of Richard Strauss, and his masterly three-volume research of his lifestyles and works is still a classic.
Volume I offers with the years from the composer's delivery (1864) to Der Rosenkavalier (1912), discussing the early orchestral and chamber track, the tone poems and the operas Guntram, Feuersnot, Salome and Elektra.
'Deploying a virtually encyclopaedic wisdom, Mr Del Mar acquits himself brilliantly of his job of disentangling and reassembling the varied strands that make up the backcloth of poetry and philosophy which Strauss, whereas no longer constantly knowing each intricacy, but wanted as a relentless reference map for his composing. the 3 volumes of this extraordinary e-book might be studied via all fans of the late-romantic song, amateurs and pros alike...a enormous achievement.' Times Literary Supplement
'A superb and copiously analytical learn ... a continuing fascination.' Guardian
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