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Strauss: Don Quixote, Op. 35

Richard Strauss
B. June 11, 1864, Munich, Germany
D. Sept. 8, 1949, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

Richard Strauss is not the only composer to take inspiration from the seriously comic story of Don Quixote. But there can be little question that the “Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character,” as his orchestral treatment of the tale is subtitled, is the most elaborate and richly detailed attempt to musically portray the adventures of Miguel de Cervantes’ romantically deranged hero.

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