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Richard Strauss in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The series about historical places of opera art & culture. Get to know exciting excursion and travel ideas for opera lovers. This time: Richard Strauss in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


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Richard Strauss in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

3 generations Strauss:

In 1908 Strauss moved into the newly built house in rural Garmisch-Partenkirchen, financed with the proceeds of his “Salome“. The villa served first as a summer retreat and later as a residence, in whose study most of the works from “Elektra” onward were written.

In the twenties he was on the road a lot (Dresden, Vienna, Salzburg and tours), and in the Nazi years he took over the office of Reichsmusikdirektor at the beginning. Strauss’s role in World War II was ambivalent. Strauss was not an anti-Semite, but he was opportunistic at best. When the American troops marched into Garmisch, Strauss received them in his garden, certificates in hand, and was thus able to protect his house from requisition “as the composer of the Rosenkavalier.”

After the Second World War, Strauss, who was in poor health and financially strapped, left Garmisch for Switzerland for fear of denazification, where he was supported by patrons and lived in hotels.

Finally, he returned to his beloved house and died there in 1949.





Destination Richard Strauss Villa

The villa on Zoeppritzstraße is still inhabited by the descendants of the family and cannot be visited. From the outside, one can recognize the bay window where Strauss used to make his beloved skat rounds (Hans Hotter was a frequent guest), a metal bird with the same name (Strauss = english ostrich) sits on the garden house and the garden gate bears Strauss’ initials.

In 1923, his bourgeois opera Intermezzo was premiered. Strauss wrote the libretto and music himself right away, as it was an autobiographical comedy set in the villa of the court conductor Storch. The oriel of the villa became famous when it was recreated in the stage set in the skat scene of the premiere. In the process, he composed a fortissimo in G major for a strong hand!

Richard Strauss Villa:

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Destination Cemetery Garmisch-Partenkirchen

On September 8, 1849, the last great opera composer in the history of music died in his bed after a severe heart attack he had suffered a month earlier.

Richard Strauss’ abdication took place in Munich, his urn lies in the family grave in the Garmisch cemetery.

Richard Strauss’ tomb:

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Destination Richard Strauss Institute & Museum

In dieser Forschungstätte sind auch 2 Räume vorhanden die öffentlich zugänglich sind. Geboten wird eine Übersicht über sein Leben und Kopfhörer laden ein, in sein Werk einzutauchen.

Richard Strauss Institute:

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Destination Richard Strauss Festival

In 1989, on the 40th anniversary of his death, a festival was founded, performing songs, orchestral and chamber music works by Strauss and, in the meantime, by other composers during several days in June.



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