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Don Juan

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Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss (trans. Mark Hindsley)


This work bears the designation Opus 20, TrV 156.


General Info

Year: 1888 / 197-?
Duration: c. 18:25
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hindsley Transcriptions
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $161.00   |   Score Only (print) - $42.00


Instrumentation

Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
English Horn
Bassoon I-II
Contrabassoon
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Contra-Alto Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornet I-II-III
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III
Euphonium
Tuba
Harp
Timpani
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Triangle


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Don Juan, Op. 20, is a tone poem in E major for large orchestra written by the German composer Richard Strauss in 1888. The work is based on Don Juans Ende, a play derived from an unfinished 1844 retelling of the tale by poet Nikolaus Lenau after the Don Juan legend which originated in Renaissance-era Spain. Strauss reprinted three excerpts from the play in his score. In Lenau's rendering, Don Juan's promiscuity springs from his determination to find the ideal woman. Despairing of ever finding her, he ultimately surrenders to melancholy and wills his own death. It is singled out by Carl Dahlhaus as a "musical symbol of fin-de-siècle modernism", particularly for the "breakaway mood" of its opening bars.

The premiere of Don Juan took place on 11 November 1889 in Weimar, where Strauss, then twenty-five, served as Court Kapellmeister; he conducted the orchestra of the Weimar Opera. The work, composed when Strauss was only twenty-four years old, became an international success and established his reputation as an important exponent of modernism.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


Commercial Discography


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State Ratings

  • Arkansas: V
  • Florida: VI
  • Kansas: VI
  • Louisiana: V
  • Maryland: VI
  • Oklahoma: v-A
  • Tennessee: VI
  • Texas: V. Complete
  • Virginia: VI


Performances

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Resources

  • Don Juan (Strauss), Wikipedia Accessed 25 September 2020
  • Strauss, R.; Hindsley, M. [20--]. Don Juan [score]. Hindsley Transcriptions: Homewood, Ill.