Don Quixote is the last but one in the series of tone poems that Strauss wrote during the 1880's and '90's. It was composed in 1897, a year after Also Sprach Zarathustra and a year before Ein Heldenleben. the work is scored for large orchestra, including six horns and a tenor tuba; the list of percussion instruments includes a wind machine. The overall form consists of an Introduction, a Theme followed by Ten Variations and a Finale.
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Rudolf Kempe, conductor
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Don Quixote, Op.35
(Fantastic Variations on a Knightly Theme)
Till Eulenspiegel lustige Streiche, Op. 28