Secondary school and composition studies (1874-75)
1874 - 1876
First published work (1881)
1881 - 1882
Symphony in D minor
Attended University (1882-1883)
1882 - 1883
First public appearance as a conductor
1884 - 1885
Strauss him- self conducted the first performance of his Bläsersuite in Munich and thus stood for the first time in public on the conductor’s rostrum.
Music director in Meiningen (1885)
1885 - 1886
Third Conductor at Munich Court Opera (1886)
1886 - 1887
Tod und Verklärung and Macbeth (1890)
1890 - 1891
première of his symphonic poem Tod und Verklärung (opus 24) in Eisenach and in Weimar the première of Macbeth (opus 23)
Trips to Greece and Egypt (1892-93)
1892 - 1893
With a "travel fund” of 5,500 marks (almost dou- ble his salary as conductor in Weimar), provided for him by his uncle Georg Pschorr, his mother’s brot- her, Strauss travelled to Greece and Egypt to conva- lesce.
Guntram première (1894)
1894 - 1895
The first opera was premièred in Weimar under the baton of the composer and achieved only token recognition. The work overtaxed the cast, who then complained to the opera management.
Till Eulenspiegel and Zarathustra (1895-96)
1895 - 1896
His preferred sphere was now the symphonic poem: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (opus 28) was premièred in Cologne in 1895, and Also sprach Zarathustra (opus 30) Frankfurt the following year. Strauss’ interpretation of "old roguish tunes” and his the reworking of Nietzsche’s poem is still one of his most popular compositions.
Son Franz is born (12 April 1897)
12 April 1897 - 1898
Don Quixote & Heldenleben: Berlin Court Conductor (1898-99)
1898 - 1899
Two further symphonic poems were premièred: Don Quixote (opus 35) in Cologne, based on themes from Miguel de Cervantes’ famous novel, and the partly autobiographical Heldenleben (opus 40) in Frankfurt.
Second Opera: Fuersnot (1901)
1901 - 1902
Feuersnot (opus 50) con-
tain several sarcastic remarks
against the conservative art world in Munich, but also much splendid music, including the first opera waltz theme by Richard Strauss.
First North American tour: Symphonia domestica (1904)