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Horn Concerto no. 1 E flat major op. 11

About the Composer


Richard Strauss

One of the most important opera composers of the twentieth century. His oeuvre comprises fifteen operas, nine symphonic poems, instrumental concerti, and a large number of songs. His stage works are marked by their great variety of genre and subject matter.

1864Born in Munich on June 11, the son of Franz Joseph Strauss, principal horn player in the court orchestra. Receives instruction in piano, violin, and composition.
1885–86Conductor at the Meiningen Court Orchestra, initially under the tutelage of Hans von Bülow.
1886Music director at the Munich Court Theatre.
1887–1903He increasingly devotes himself to the symphonic poem, including “Tod und Verklärung” (“Death and Transfiguration”) in C minor, Op. 24; “Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche” (“Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks”) in F major, Op. 28; “Also sprach Zarathustra,” Op. 30; “Symphonia Domestica” in F major for large orchestra, Op. 53.
1889–94Music director in Weimar. First Kapellmeister in Munich in 1894, in Berlin at the Royal Court Opera from 1898–1910.
1905Breakthrough with the premiere of “Salome,” Op. 54.
1906Beginning of his collaboration with Hugo von Hofmannsthal on the harmonically progressive opera “Elektra,” Op. 58, premiered in Dresden in 1909.
1911Sensational premiere in Dresden of “Der Rosenkavalier,” Op. 59, which refers back to operatic tradition and makes him the leading German opera composer. He decides to dedicate himself primarily to operas: “Ariadne auf Naxos,” Op. 60 (1912); “Intermezzo” Op. 72 (1924); “Die ägyptische Helena,” Op. 75 (1928); “Arabella,” Op. 79 (1933); “Die schweigsame Frau,” Op. 80 (1935); “Friedenstag,” Op. 81, and “Daphne,” Op. 82 (1938); “Die Liebe der Danae,” Op. 83 (1944).
1919Director of the Vienna State Opera. Premiere there of “Die Frau ohne Schatten,” Op. 65.
1931Collaboration with Stefan Zweig.
from 1944Composition of his last works: Metamorphosen, for 23 solo strings, Oboe Concerto in D major, Four Last Songs.
1949Death in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on September 8.

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About the Authors


Peter Damm (Editor)

Peter Damm was born in 1937 in Meiningen (Thuringia). After studying at the Hochschule für Musik in Weimar between 1951-1957 under Professor Karl Biehlig, he began his musical career in 1957 as solo hornist with the orchestra of Gera (Orchester der Bühnen der Stadt Gera). Two years later he became principal horn of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, a position he held until 1969. From 1969 to 2002 Peter Damm was principal horn with the Dresden State Orchestra (Staatskapelle). On his retirement the orchestra made him an Honorary Member. Other titles conferred upon him include that of Kammermusiker (Chamber musician) in 1967 and Kammervirtuose (Chamber virtuoso) in 1971.

Alongside his orchestra work, Peter Damm also taught at the “Carl Maria von Weber” Conservatory in Dresden, as well as giving international masterclasses and running workshops in Europe, Japan and the United States. He has performed as soloist and chamber musician in almost all European countries, as well as in North and South America and Japan.

Between 1986 and 2018 Peter Damm was President of the International Competition for Wind Instruments in Markneukirchen (Saxony). He is an Honorary Member of the International Horn Society, of the Bavarian Horn Society and the Mozart Society in Saxony. Peter Damm has received numerous prizes and awards. His artistic prowess has been documented on many recordings and through radio broadcasts. His extensive repertoire covers solo, chamber music and concert literature from the 18th century up to and including contemporary music.

After the opening concert of the International Horn Symposium in La-Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland) in 2007, Peter Damm retired from the concert podium, also as a soloist. Since then he has dedicated himself to many diverse enterprises: scholarly research into Richard Strauss’ horn concertos, where the investigation into the sources is sometimes similar to detective work, tracing and editing rare literature for the horn, and arrangements for horn ensembles.


Johannes Umbreit (Piano reduction)

Prof. Johannes Umbreit studied the piano at the Musikhochschule in Munich. From 1987 onwards he was a regular accompanist at courses given by Wolfgang Schneiderhan, Thomas Brandis, Ljerko Spiller, Igor Ozim, Olga Woitowa, Ernő Sebestyén, Walter Nothas, F. Andrejevsky, Denis Zsigmondy and Zakhar Bron amongst others. He has appeared in numerous radio and TV broadcasts and plays chamber music with members of the Bavarian State Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.

He is on the jury of different international competitions and has been invited to several international music festivals. Umbreit was a teacher for almost ten years at the Musikhochschule in Munich and at the same time a lecturer for chamber music and piano accompaniment at the Richard Strauss Conservatory. Since 2008 he has been a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München. As the long-serving managing director of the Richard-Strauss-Gesellschaft, he was made an honorary member of the board in 2009. In May 2011, the Bavarian Minister of Culture appointed Johannes Umbreit an honorary professor of the Hochschule für Musik und Theater München on the suggestion of its academic senate.

L’éditeur put s’entourer de collaborateurs de prestige avec le hautboïste Hans-Jörg Schellenberger, ancien membre du Philharmonique de Berlin et le légendaire corniste Peter Damm, de la Staatskapelle de Dresde, pour superviser ces éditions. Dans ce type de répertoire qui parle plus aux praticiens de l’instrument qu’aux musicologies, de telles collaborations sont une plus-value indéniable.

Crescendo Magazine, 2020

Der Herausgeber Peter Damm hat für die hier vorliegende Urtext-Ausgabe die autorisierten Quellen von Richard Strauss herangezogen. Der akribisch gearbeiteten Ausgabe liegt eine intensive Recherche zugrunde, die Klarheit verschafft und eine Bereicherung ist für das Verständnis und die Möglichkeiten dieses brillanten Werks.

Das Orchester, 2021



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