Richard Georg Strauss (11 June 1864 – 8 September 1949) was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras. He is known for his operas, his tone poems, and other instrumental works. Strauss was also a prominent conductor throughout Germany and Austria.
Strauss was born on 11 June 1864 in Munich, the son of Josephine (née Pschorr) and Franz Strauss, who was the principal horn player at the Court Opera in Munich. Strauss married soprano Pauline de Ahna on 10 September 1894. The Strausses had one son, Franz, in 1897. Franz married Alice von Grab, a Jewish woman, in a Roman Catholic ceremony in 1924. Franz and Alice had two sons, Richard and Christian.
Strauss died on 8 September 1949, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Strauss's wife, Pauline de Ahna, died on 13 May 1950, at the age of 88.
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