Alles Gute zum Geburtstag, Herr Strauss!

It’s Richard Strauss’ 152nd birthday today. I have a soft spot for Strauss, which is no secret to those who know me well.

Of course, in his day, Strauss was more famous as a conductor than a composer, like his contemporary Gustav Mahler. Here’s audio of Strauss conducting the Staatskapelle Berlin in a very brisk but brilliant rendition of Don Juan—a personal favorite of mine.

Stay tuned for plenty summer excitement—first, though, MJ and I need to close out spring quarter. Freedom could not come sooner!