Richard Strauss Digital

SLUB Dresden

Thursday, February 20, 2020

We are reprinting the following with the kind permission of the SLUB Dresden:

At last, Richard Strauss is in the public domain. As of 1 January 2020, his works may be made available to the public without any special permission or payment.

The SLUB Digital Collections now feature selected Straussiana from the library’s collections, including autograph sketches to the stage works Intermezzo, Die Ägyptische Helena, and Die schweigsame Frau, which all premiered in Dresden; Strauss’s draft of the libretto to Ägyptische Helena; Alfred Roller’s stage designs and costume sketches for the Rosenkavalier, which contributed significantly to the groundbreaking success of the Dresden premiere; and a selection of letters that Strauss sent to the music director of the Dresden Court Opera, Ernst von Schuch, and to his successor as head Kapellmeister, Hermann Kutzschbach.

By the end of 2020, all Strauss autograph manuscripts from the SLUB collections will be online, plus a selection of librettos and first editions of works by the composer.

The “Richard Strauss Collection” also includes valuable performance materials from the music library of the Saxon State Opera, including instrumental parts from the premieres of the operas Elektra and Salome. The items were digitized as part of a statewide digitizing initiative (Landesdigitalisierungsprogramm für Wissenschaft und Kultur des Freistaates Sachsen) in cooperation with the SLUB Dresden and the Staatsoper Dresden.

Music and text documents can be easily be found through the SLUB’s Richard Strauss Digital Collection.

See also https://www.slub-dresden.de/sammlungen/musik/musik-spezialthemen/richard-strauss/

Image: Richard Strauss, score toDer Rosenkavalier (1943) CC BY-SA 4.0

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