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Strauss Ein Heldenleben – Cello Part

Edited by Ronald Leonard


Title: Ein Heldenleben
Composer: Richard Strauss
Instrument: Violoncello
Edited By: Ronald Leonard
Instrumentation: Orchestral
Pages: 15

The cello part for Strauss' Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 has been edited by Ronald Leonard, principal cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1975 until 1999. Leonard's bowings, fingerings and other editorial markings have been added throughout the score.

Ein Heldenleben is a tone poem by Richard Strauss, his sixth composition in this genre, completed in 1898. Greater in scale and demand than any of his previous tone poems, Ein Heldenleben runs at about fifty minutes and is through-composed – performed without breaks – with the exception of a dramatic grand pause at the end of the first movement. It is generally agreed upon that this work is autobiographical in tone, as it contains over thirty quotations from Strauss' earlier works.

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