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From the YouTube Music Video Archives: Stimmungsbilder op. 9, by Richard Strauss

The most abstract idea conceivable is the sensuous in its elemental originality. But through which medium can it be presented? Only through music. Kierkegaard, Either/Or

“Mood Pictures”, I think … however Stimmungsbilder should be translated, it’s more astonishingly beautiful music from Richard Strauss, this time from very early in his career. Somewhat in the spirit of Brahms’ very late piano pieces——the Intermezzi, and the Fantasies, I think, but of course there’s more to it than that. Help from musicologist wanted!

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