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Never look at the trombones; it only encourages them. –Richard Strauss.

I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer. -Richard Strauss

The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play. –Richard Strauss

He’d be better off shoveling snow. –Richard Strauss on Arnold Schoenberg

Building brand name is key. That’s what America is all about. –Richard Strauss

Of everything I have written, it’s the songs I like best. –Richard Strauss

“Dr. Richard Strauss, conductor”. –entry in the telephone book of Garmisch, Germany before World War II

Richard Strauss would never have become a great man without [his wife] Pauline. –Manfred Mautner-Markhof

Till Eulenspiegel is a noisy, nerve-destroying, heavy piece of work, crude in color, confusing in design, and utterly unlovable. –Boston Gazette, 1896

Till Eulenspiegel casts into the deepest shade the wildest efforts of the wildest follower of the modern school. It is a blood-curdling nightmare. –Boston Herald, 1896

If Don Quixote is no music, it may possibly be something else – a big, huge, monumental, colossal joke, a joke of such magnitude as only a master and a genius like Strauss is able to perpetrate. I can see him chuckling over his morning chocolate as he reads learned essays upon the unesthetic noises made by the herd of bleating muttons. –Musical Courier, 1898

The man who wrote this outrageously hideous noise [Ein Heldenleben], no longer deserving of the word music, is either lunatic, or he is rapidly approaching idiocy. –Musical Courier, 1899

Salome is a detailed and explicit exposition of the most horrible, disgusting, revolting and unmentionable features of degeneracy that I have ever heard, read of, or imagined. –Letter to the editor, New York Times, 1907

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