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Richard Strauss (1864-1949) : A Wagnerian Composer – Colin Mackerras

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Saturday 21 May 2022
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Queensland Multicultural Centre

Richard Strauss’s music was profoundly influenced by Wagner. Strauss continued the mighty tradition of German opera to which Wagner contributed so much. This talk will give some focus to those works with libretti by the Austrian playwright Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Strauss’s cooperation with whom is among the most famous of all composer-librettist duos in musical history. There will be some consideration of Strauss’s important role as a conductor of Wagner’s works, which included making his debut in Bayreuth in 1894 with Tannhäuser. The talk will be illustrated by pictures and musical excerpts from Strauss’s operas and songs.

You are invited to register for the Meeting by informing our Secretary Rosemary Cater-Smith at or via the ‘Contact’ page of the website, and making a bank transfer to Bank of Queensland, BSB: 124021 Account Number: 22612919. Payments are $15 for members and $20 for guests. Please use your name and the date (eg Jones May) to identify your payment. If you paid to attend the cancelled meeting on 23 April, your payment can be automatically transferred for the meeting on 21 May. Please advise the Secretary that you wish to transfer the earlier payment.

Members and guests are warmly invited to join in a celebratory drink to mark the anniversary of Richard Wagner’s birthday, at the Multicultural Centre following the meeting.