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The Writer’s Almanac for June 11, 2017: Folding My Clothes

June 11, 2017: birthday: Richard Strauss

It’s the birthday of German composer Richard Strauss, born in Munich in 1864. He’s known for writing what he called “tone poems” inspired by literary characters. He wrote Don Juan (1889) and Don Quixote (1897), and operas too, of course. In 1905, he wrote the opera Salome, based on the play by Oscar Wilde.

He said, “I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.”