Classics of the Phonograph

Alpine Symphony

Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons

The “Alpine Symphony” is Richard Strauss’ longest and last tone poem. In 22 parts, this work describes a day climbing a mountain in the Alps. Aside from showing Strauss’ spectacular powers of music description, this composition has a deeper meaning, about the struggle of trying to reach the peak of one’s ambitions, the moments of triumph, and the road down from that supreme achievement. And, yes, there is a thunderstorm, all on this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM.