Der Rosenkavalier (The Knight of the Rose)

By Richard Strauss

ISBN: 9780714544120

128 pages

RRP: £8.00

Der Rosenkavalier has one of the longest and most exquisitely crafted texts of all opera. The depth and subtlety of the characterization can only be appreciated after a careful reading. Derrick Puffett notes that the sentimentality and parody of the subject perfectly matched Strauss’s genius. Michael Kennedy’s detailed musical commentary shows how the large orchestra is handled with exceptional skill. Peter Branscombe points out that Hofmannsthal set a new standard of libretto-writing and shows how the ideas in Der Rosenkavalier may be traced to his other works for the stage, in his prose and poetry.

Contents: An Introduction to ‘Der Rosenkavalier’, Derrick Puffett; Comedy for Music, Michael Kennedy; Hugo von Hofinannsthal – Man of Letters, Peter Branscombe; Der Rosenkavalier: Libretto by Hugo von Hofmannsthal; Der Rosenkavalier: English translation by Alfred Kalisch

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    Daily Telegraph

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    Sunday Times

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Richard Strauss

Richard Georg Strauss (1864–1949) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is best known for his operas, which include Der Rosenkavalier and Salome.