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Suggested Recordings Strauss: Ariadne on Naxos / Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite Strauss: Ariadne Auf Naxos Box set

Historical and Literary Background

Historical and Literary Background Ariadne in Mythology Ariadne was the daughter of King Minos and Queen Pasiphae of Crete. Minos ordered a maze called the Cretan Labyrinth erected, at the center of which dwelt the Minotaur, a creature half-man and half-bull. The monster was appeased with periodic sacrifices of young men and women, which he […]

Composer Biography

  Richard Strauss 1865-1949 While Richard Strauss’ artistic education was strictly conservative, and his well-mannered, well-heeled appearance resembled that of a stolid investment banker, his music shocked the world. Richard Strauss stirred controversy with iconoclastic symphonic works that inspired avid debate throughout contemporary music circles, as well as with erotic operas that literally incited crowds […]

Ariadne Auf Naxos Synopsis

  PROLOGUE At the home of the richest man in Vienna, the Major-domo is overseeing a grand evening of music, food and fireworks. A Music Master, on behalf of the Composer, is complaining that their opera, Ariadne auf Naxos, is to be followed by a vulgar comedy. The directors and performers of the opera and […]