Music: Gloomy Strauss

A prominent personality in the music world celebrated his 60th birthday; City of Vienna made this the occasion for a gala week. Honors both frothy and substantial were recklessly poured upon the head of Richard Strauss. He was handed the keys of the city, he was created generalissimo of the combined musical forces, productions of numbers of his works—including his earliest and his latest—were arranged, he was presented with a villa erected at municipal expense in the gardens of the palace of the ex-Crown Prince.

Strauss (who seldom does what is expected...

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