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Zueignung, Op. 10, No. 1

About the Work

Image for Richard Strauss Composer: Richard Strauss
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Zueignung (?Dedication?), Op. 10, No. 1, was composed in 1885 as the first in a set of eight songs to texts from Heinrich von Gilm zu Rosenegg's collection Letzte Blätter (?Final Pages?). Strauss himself did not orchestrate the accompaniment until 1940; in the meantime it was orchestrated by Robert Heger (1886-1978), a composer and conductor who like Strauss was associated with the Vienna State Opera, with which company he made the first recording (an abridged one) of Strauss's masterwork Der Rosenkavalier, and the Heger version has actually held its ground so far .