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Yannick Shares The Hidden Meaning in Richard Strauss' Alpine Symphony

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Richard Strauss finished composing AN ALPINE SYMPHONY in 1915. It's scored for an enormous orchestra with 16 horns, two timpani, organ, and multiple percussion, including thunder and wind machines.

Richard Strauss’ Alpine Symphony is, on one level, a musical description of nature. But as WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, the accessible music belies a greater meaning.

"The most beautiful thing about this piece is that it's all a metaphor about the journey of a lifetime." -Yannick Nezet-Seguin

Based on a boyhood experience getting caught in a storm hiking in the Alps, the idea for An Alpine Symphony germinated for years in Strauss’s mind.  It wasn’t until after Gustav Mahler died, that he determined to finish the work, which he regarded as a tribute to his fellow composer.

Join us on Sunday, July 19, 2015 on WRTI as Yannick Nezet-Seguin leads The Philadelphia Orchestra in a program featuring An Alpine Symphony by Strauss.

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Listen to more of Philadelphia Orchestra Music Director Yannick Nezet-Seguin's conversation with WRTI's Susan Lewis about the deeper meaning of An Alpine Symphony by Strauss.