Richard Strauss

From 1894, the 30-year-old Richard Strauss conducted the Munich Court Orchestra for two years, first as Royal Kapellmeister and then as Court Kapellmeister. Alongside Wagner, Mozart’s operas were a particular focus of his work in Munich. His symphonic poems Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry PranksAlso sprach Zarathustra and Don Quixote were also composed during this time, although they were premiered in Cologne and Frankfurt rather than Munich.

Photo credit: Portrait photograph of Richard Strauss (cabinet format). Atelier Hertel; Weimar (Friedrich Hertel † 1918), Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.