Who was Alexander Ritter and why was he important?

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Alexander Ritter was a German composer and violinist who married the niece of Richard Wagner. He befriended the young Strauss and encouraged him to abandon his ultra-conservative writing and begin to compose programmatic music with rich Wagnerian harmonies. The shocking tone poems of the 1890s would not have been possible without the great influence of Ritter

Alexander Ritter

What famous poet was responsible for writing many of the librettos for Strauss operas?Strauss_Quiz_5.html

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