Monthly Archives: March 2012

Ein Heldenleben: The programme

Ein Heldenleben is structured as one continuous through-composed movement, though Strauss originally conceived the work’s six sections as having their own individual titles.  These were never intended to be published, though this has continued to happen, so with the humblest of … Continue reading

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Ein Heldenleben: Brass Facts

The large orchestral forces required for Ein Heldenleben include a massive brass section consisting of: 8 French horns 3 trumpets 2 E-flat trumpets 3 trombones Euphonium Tuba By our extremely unscientific calculations, if you straightened out all these instruments they would stretch … Continue reading

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Strauss’ Ten Commandments

In 1925 Richard Strauss famously wrote of his ten commandments for conductors: Ten Golden Rules for the Album of a Young Conductor: 1. Remember that you are making music not to amuse yourself, but to delight your audience. 2. You … Continue reading

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Ein Heldenleben

The RPO is preparing for its performance of Strauss’ mighty Ein Heldenleben next Friday at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.  The orchestra has been performing the piece in Spain last week so are getting nicely warmed up for the London concert! … Continue reading

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Player Profile: Chantal Webster, Cello

How did you become involved with the RPO? I joined the cello section of the RPO in 2003. What is the best thing about being a member of the RPO? One of the best things about being in the RPO … Continue reading

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