It’s early April 1945, Germany is about to surrender to the Allies after being nearly destroyed and Strauss pens a mournful classical piece for an orchestra for 23 strings by the name of Metamorphosen or ‘Changes’. It wouldn’t be another year before it’s performed and then a few years after that Strauss dies. Towards the end of his career Strauss sees some of the biggest changes in his homeland right as he’s about to undergo life’s biggest change – which explains the mournful tone.
At nearly half an hour long, this piece is a strings only time capsule for how Strauss saw himself at the end of his life as his country was on it’s knees. It’s an interesting look back at his career, one that I am not too acquainted with yet – but will be one I have gotten to grips with more of his works. Honestly, this is one of those pieces that was nice enough to listen to, but without a whole bunch of relistens I probably won’t be able to properly unpack things. So let’s just leave it there.