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Music Appreciation Series: Great Masters and Their Timeless Masterpieces – Richard Strauss (Speaker: Chow Fan-fu)

Venue Date & Time Price
Lecture Hall, Hong Kong Space Museum
19th Series: Richard Strauss and His Operas

13 , 20 & 27.8.2014 (Every Weds, 7:30pm, 3 lectures in total)

20th Series: Richard Strauss and His Symphonic Poems

15, 22 & 29.10.2014 (Every Weds, 7:30pm, 3 lectures in total)
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Conducted in Cantonese

About the Lectures


At the turn of the 19th Century just over a hundred years ago, the negative impact brought about by the industrial crisis in Europe was still being felt, and both the East and the West were in a state of continued political instability. Yet at the same time, there were important breakthroughs in sea exploration in the Arctic, while the hot air balloon had reached an unprecedented height of 35,000 feet. People were looking forward to the new century with eager anticipation. It was also at this juncture of flux that great composers in music flourished, leaving a large volume of masterpieces to posterity. The dispositions of these composers tended to be polarized: some persisted Romanticism, while others became avant-gardists making forays into new realms in music. But no matter what dispositions, they all contributed to a brilliant era in Western music history.


We will revisit this glorious page in Western music history, beginning with Richard Strauss (1864-1949) who was born 150 years ago. Strauss had long been positioned in Western music history as a colossal figure in the Late Romanticism, as manifested by his works comprising the three major genres of lieder, symphonic poems and operas.  Already highly regarded during his life time, lots of Strauss's works are still critically acclaimed and are popular choices in concert repertoires.


19th Series: Richard Strauss and His Operas 

13 Aug

Salome (1905)

20 Aug

Elektra (1909)

27 Aug

Der Rosenkavalier (1911)


20th Series: Richard Strauss and His Symphonic Poems

15 Oct

Don Juan (1888)

22 Oct

Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (1895)

29 Oct

Don Quixote (1898)


About the Speaker


Details refer to Chinese version



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Half-price tickets available for senior citizens aged 60 or above, people with disabilities and the minder, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (Limited tickets for full-time students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come-first-served basis).


Group Booking Discount

10% off for each purchase of 4-9 standard tickets; 15% off for 10-19 standard tickets; 20% off for 20 or more standard tickets.

Patrons can enjoy only one of the above discount schemes for each purchase.  Please inform the box office staff at the time of purchase.


Programme Length

Running time of each talk is about 1 hour 30 minutes.



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The contents of this programme do not represent the views of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

The presenter reserves the right to change the programme and substitute speakers  should unavoidable circumstances make it necessary.


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