Music: Straightening Out Joseph

Two years ago, Richard Strauss wrote to his friend, Conductor Max Reiter in San Antonio, that he was dedicating his last years (he is now 84) to "straightening out my house," reworking old compositions that had never satisfied him.

He mentioned his ballet The Legend of Joseph, which Impresario Sergei Diaghilev had first produced in Paris and London in 1914. Joseph meant something special to Max Reiter: as a young man he had played the celesta in the Berlin Opera orchestra while Strauss himself conducted it. Reiter demanded the honor of being the first...

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