Death and Transfiguration

On one of the final days of his life the incurably ill Richard Strauss turned to his daughter-in-law, Alice: „Strange, but the agony of death is exactly like I had composed it in Death and Transfiguration sixty years ago”. And perhaps it was exactly this unusually intensive, visual and therefore harrowing presentation of agony that made this composition so popular in its own time despite its shockingly daring musical language.