The most advanced work of Strauss is his opera Elektra, composed in 1908. If you think Salome is scary, I suggest watching this opera! Here is the final minute of the opera, which has one of the most powerful and darkest endings of any opera I know. After this opera was completed, Strauss retreated into the sunny world of Der Rosenkavalier, and never returned to the Expressionist and nightmarish worlds of Salome and Elektra again.

Richard Strauss

(1864 - 1949)

Elektra  

(1908)

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