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Ein Heldenleben (Annotated Solo Violin Part)

By 

Richard Strauss

Richard Strauss' "Ein Heldenleben," opus 40, is a tone poem completed in 1898 that uses extended orchestral range and thematic development to depict a hero's life and battles. The work features a complex solo violin part representing the hero's companion, which demands virtuosity and a rich palette of expression. This violin part is given interpretive detail in the annotated version by Glenn Dicterow, offering performers nuanced guidance.

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Ein Heldenleben (Annotated Solo Violin Part)

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Glenn Dicterow

Strauss's "Ein Heldenleben" (A Heroic Life) arguably is autobiographical. As the "hero" in the work may be the composer himself, Glenn Dicterow shares how he makes sense of the concertmaster soloes in this behemoth of the repertoire. Strauss was the master of his craft, with a prolific output of tone poems showing unmatched melodic and orchestrational capacity. Given Dicterow's decades of experience playing this work with the best conductors in the world, he's learned precisely where to take soloistic liberties, where to stretch the time, and how to ensure he is heard among the rumble of the orchestra. Dicterow provides technical guidance, specific fingerings and bowings, practice strategies, and much more in this wide-ranging discussion with tonebase's own Eric Silberger.

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