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The great German composer was born 150 years ago in 1864. From Der Rosenkavalier to the revolutionary opera Salome, from Also Sprach Zarathustra to Four Last Songs, Strauss’s music is well worth discovering.
At the end of the Second World War, Strauss was apprehended by U.S. soldiers at his estate. He announced to Lt. Milton Weiss, "I am Richard Strauss, the composer of Rosenkavalier and Salome." Lt. Weiss, who was also a musician, nodded in recognition. An 'Off Limits' sign was subsequently placed on the lawn to protect the composer.
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