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The life of Richard Strauss (1864–1949) spanned a period of turmoil across Europe and within the realm of classical music. Showing how Strauss resisted atonal and serial trends to forge his own path, this listening guide surveys his major orchestral works, operas and a range of lesser-known treasures. The book comes with a 75-minute CD featuring recordings of the tone poem Don Juan, two orchestral songs and five excerpts from the operas. Unlocking the Masters series.