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Evening Masterwork: Richard Strauss' Oboe Concerto in D for December 10, 2022

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Evening Masterwork: Richard Strauss' Oboe Concerto in D for December 10, 2022

During World War II, Richard Strauss was living in a Bavarian mountain town, and when the allies liberated the town and discovered the composer they basically treated him like a celebrity. One soldier even asked the composer if he had ever considered writing an oboe concerto, to which Strauss replied “no.” However, Strauss did complete an Oboe Concerto, and a note in the score says the work was “…suggested by an American Soldier.” It’s our Evening Masterwork tonight at 7: Richard Strauss’s Oboe Concerto, here on Classical WSMR 89.1 and 103.9.