Don Quixote

Gulbenkian Orchestra

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  • Conductor
  • Cello
  • Viola

Richard Strauss

Don Quixote, op. 35

— Intermission 20 min —

Richard Strauss

Sinfonia Domestica, op. 53

Duration: 110 minutes

Richard Strauss liked to start from narratives to stimulate his creativity, often relying on literary texts as a basis for creating orchestral imagery. This process was at the origin of several of his symphonic poems, such as Don Quixote, based on Cervantes’ greatest work. The walking knight would be fantasised by Strauss in the “voice” of a cello, while his faithful squire gains body through the bowed viola. The adventures of one of the greatest protagonists in the history of literature would gain a place in one of the German composer’s most admired works.

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