STRAUSS, Richard, 1864-1949

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, opus 28. Nach alter Schelmenweise in Rondoform gesetzt von Richard Strauss, op.28. Faksimile der autographen Partitur

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Frankfurt, 1999. 30 x 40 cm, 38, ii pp. Handsome line-cut of the autograph full score. Strauss prepared a new manuscript of the tone poem “Till Eulenspiegel” (1895) in 1944, presented here in this facsimile edition. He writes to his grandson Richard on 3 Oct. 1944, deeply disconsolate at the destruction of the war: “The day before yesterday I began to write out the Eulenspiegel score once again; it’s a more intelligent occupation than fabricating more decrepit original works.... This work gives me a lot of pleasure and at least keeps me from thinking about other things”. The manuscript, dedicated not only to his children and grandchildren but “to the good Till himself on his fiftieth birthday”, is largely identical to the original score, however not without some significant refinements: in the final bars where the reinforcement of horns 4 to 8 could be dropped (“ad libitum”), Strauss has combined the original six trumpets into a rich three voice texture. Afterword in Ger-Eng by Walter Werbeck. Full linen binding with gold lettering. $124

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