1/26 Today in Weird Music History: 1911. Richard Strauss departs from his bloody, expressionist opera style to premiere his most popular opera, Der Rosenkavalier. The composer of Salome and Elektra would be subject to some criticism for including old-style waltzes in the opera, but the rich harmonies, beautiful melodies and fun story, made this his most popular opera, a distinction that still holds true today.
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