4 pages, folio (c.35 x 27cm), 20-stave paper, no place or date , folded several times, splitting along horizontal fold, a few small stains, dust-staining to final page
Josephslegende was Strauss's first complete ballet score, commissioned by Diaghilev for the Ballet Russes. Premiered in Paris on 14 May 1914, its composition overlapped to some extent, as shown here, with that of the incidental music to Der Bürger als Edelmann. Dealing with the attempted seduction of the biblical Joseph by Potiphar's wife, the ballet is a sultry affair on which Strauss lavished music of great psycho-sexual intensity. The passages sketched here are for dances in Scenes II and III, Scene II culminating in the erotic Dance of the Sulamith.
Ariadne auf Naxos was designed to be performed after a performance of Molière's Le bourgeois gentilhomme (Der Bürger als Edelmann), the latter being provided with incidental music by Strauss. The premiere of this first version of Ariadne auf Naxos took place in Stuttgart on 25 October 1912. The dinner scene sketched here is perhaps the pièce de résistance of the instrumental music to Der Bürger als Edelmann: here Strauss gave his imagination full rein, beginning with a grand march into which the composer introduces a reference to the Coronation March from Meyerbeer's Le Prophète, moving on to vivid musical representations of Rhine salmon, mutton and song-birds and concluding with the whirling dance of the kitchen boy
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