Music: Strauss at Home

Captain, or colonel, or knight in arms,

Whose chance on these defenceless doors may seize

If deed of honor did thee ever please,

Guard them, and him within protect from harms. . . .

Lift not thy spear against the Muse's bower. . . .

In 1642, Poet (and Roundhead) John Milton nailed this sonnet on his London door when the King's Cavaliers threatened to take the city. Last week, Richard Strauss, 80, composer of some of the most opulent and colorful dramatic music ever written (Salome, Rosenkavalier), found a sign nailed on his door: Clear...

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