At the end of the nineteenth century, the search for realism in expression led to the rediscovery of genres like melodrama, which had already been around for a century. Richard Strauss, who had explored the limits of the symphonic poem, would come to the melodrama almost naturally, searching for a close fusion between music and text. His approach to the genre combined the tradition of Lieder and the Wagnerian leitmotif, giving rise to works that combine the drama of the action, the representation of exalted feelings and the imitation of extreme atmospheric phenomena. This second presentation of the annual format devoted to melodrama, which the Foundation initiated last season, comprises the Austrian composer’s two melodramas.
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