Strauss completed his Symphony in F minor at the age of 19 years, and it was first performed in New York in 1884 to public acclaim. The young Strauss was decidedly conservative in his musical upbringing and tastes, as can be heard in this apprentice work, which sounds like Mendelssohn. Would you think this is Richard Strauss if you heard this on the radio? Even at an early age, however, Strauss had command of his orchestral forces

Richard Strauss

(1864 - 1949)

Symphony in F minor  

(1883)

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