On March 21, Richard Strauss makes his fifth appearance at Carnegie Hall, conducting the world premiere of his Symphonia Domestica.
Critics in Strauss’s day were often unreceptive to his music. One facetious headline on the premiere of Symphonia Domestica: “Home Sweet Home as Written by Richard Strauss—Papa and Mama and Baby Celebrated in Huge Conglomeration of Orchestral Music.”
Audiences, however, couldn’t get enough of his music, and Strauss repeated Symphonia Domestica at two extra concerts held at Wanamaker’s Department Store (on Broadway between Ninth and Tenth streets). Almost 20 years later, On October 31, 1921, the composer returned to conduct Symphonia Domestica with the Philadelphia Orchestra, his final Carnegie Hall appearance.
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