InterHarmony and Ungeeking Music present Strauss's Ein Heldenleben Masters and Masterpieces with Eric Chernov on Dec 14
Though not the inventor of the tone poem, Richard Strauss (1864-1949) had unparalleled success with his ten works in this genre, and more than half of his tone-poem output remains well entrenched in the standard orchestral literature. In this UnGeeking session we’ll examine the eighth of his tone poems, his A Hero's Life, op. 40. Echoing questions which arose when Beethoven’s Third Symphony was examined at a 2016 UnGeeking session (Who is the hero? What is a hero?), the work is at once a bombastic flight of fancy, an overwhelming paean to a mythical figure, a virtual inventory of prior Strauss works, and a biting indictment of critics. Come be entranced in heroic E-flat major!