Richard Strauss: Metamorphosen for 23 Solo Strings
Richard Strauss was affected in many ways by World War II and Nazi Germany, but nothing affected him quite as much as the bombing of the Munich National Theater, which happened in October of 1943. Immediately after, Strauss began to sketch a work he called Mourning for Munich. But as things got worse, he turned to the writings of Goethe for consolation, specifically The Metamorphosis of Plants and The Metamorphosis of Animals. This resulted in a work, the Study for 23 Strings, which would become his Metamorphosen. And that first sketch, Mourning for Munich? That would inform the entire arc of Strauss’s Metamorphosen.