This lyrical, romantic work by Richard Strauss was composed in 1888 for the silver wedding anniversary of his parents.  The work was first published in 1973 at the request of the Strauss family.1  It is a beautiful piece that is accessible to many players because of its short length and small range of two octaves.  The breadth of the work, however, is anything but small.  The long, expansive phrases and soaring melodic lines give this composition a sense of grandeur that is enhanced by the expression of the performer.  The piano’s triplet and sextuplet figures juxtapose nicely with the horn’s sixteenth-note and eighth-note rhythms, creating a constant feeling of forward motion.  The brilliance of the composition lies in the complexity of its simple melody.


Composer Strauss, Richard
Dates (1864-1949)
Duration 4:00
Horn Range G3 to G5
Level Medium
Clef Treble Clef
Techniques N/A
Era/Style Romantic
Country/Region Germany
Accompaniment Available Piano
Accompaniment Difficulty Hard
Movements One Movement