The bass part for Strauss' Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 has been edited by Edwin Barker, an American who was appointed principal bassist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the age 22. Barker'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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