Richard Strauss: In Italy Symphonic Fantasy

Richard Strauss: In Italy Symphonic Fantasy

Richard Strauss’s symphonic fantasy In Italy was a first important step towards the tone poem, a genre of orchestral writing that the composer would influence and ultimately perfect in his career. Strauss began sketching the work during a visit to Italy in the summer of 1886, and completed the work just a few months after returning home. In Italy is a little different from Strauss’ later tone poems in that its programmatic element is descriptive, rather than narrative; and the work is in four-movements, instead of a singular movement.

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 7:00pm