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Program Music: Richard Strauss's "Don Quixote"

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December 8, 2014








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Don Quixote was a middle aged man that read too many books about knights and their heroic deeds. This is shown by three different themes given to show Don's dreams of being a knight. Over time, he read so many books and dreamt of rescuing his ideal woman named Dulcinea from a dragon so many times that his mind was unable to separate his real life from his fantasy world...
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Strauss chose to depict Dulcinea with a beautiful lyrical melody while the dragon is represented by a loud, low, sustained melody in the tenor and bass tubas. Don's victory over the dragon is shown by a victory flourish in the flute and oboe. After this melding of his mind occurs, he believes that he is really the knight Don Quixote de la Mancea...
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