Capriccio, Op.85 (Strauss, Richard)

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Publisher Info.:

Mainz: B. Schott's Söhne, 1942.
London: Boosey & Hawkes, 1942 (co-publisher)


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Composer listed as copyright claimant: "Copyright Richard Strauss, 1942."


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General Information

Work Title Capriccio
Alternative Title Konversationsstücke für Musik (A Conversation Piece for Music)
Composer Strauss, Richard
Opus/Catalogue Number Op.85 ; TrV 279
Movements/Sections 1 act
Year/Date of Composition 1940-41
First Performance 1942-10-28 in Munich, Nationaltheater
Bavarian State Opera, Clemens Krauss (conductor)
First Publication 1942
Librettist Composer and Clemens Krauss (1893–1954)
Language German
Average Duration 130 minutes
Composer Time Period Romantic
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Voices, Chorus and Orchestra
Countess Madeleine, a young widow: (soprano)
Clairon, an actress: (contralto)
Flamand, a musician: (tenor)
Olivier, a poet: (baritone)
The Count, brother of Countess Madeleine: (baritone)
La Roche, a theatre director: (bass)
Monsieur Taupe, a prompter: (tenor)
2 Italian singers: (soprano, tenor)
Major-domo (bass)
8 servants: (4 tenors, 4 basses)
A young dancer: (silent role)
Chorus (SATB)
Musicians and servants
Pit Orchestra
3 flutes (3rd also piccolo), 2 oboes, english horn, clarinet (C), 2 clarinets (B)
basset horn, bass clarinet (B), 3 bassoons (3rd also contrabassoon)
4 horns (F, E, E, D, C), 2 trumpets (C, B), 3 trombones
Timpani, percussion:
(Bass drum, cymbals)
Harpsichord, 2 harps, strings (16,16,10,10,6)
On-Stage Ensemble
Harpsichord, violin, cello
Backstage Ensemble
String Sextet (2 vlns I, 2 vlns II, 2 vlas)
External Links Wikipedia article
Opera Guide
Boosey & Hawkes page

Misc. Comments


  • Countess Madeleine, a young widow (soprano)
  • Clairon, an actress (contralto)
  • Flamand, a musician (tenor)
  • Olivier, a poet (baritone)
  • The Count, brother of Countess Madeleine (baritone)
  • La Roche, a theatre director (bass)
  • Monsieur Taupe, a prompter (tenor)
  • 2 Italian singers (soprano, tenor)
  • A young dancer (silent role)
  • Major-domo (bass)
  • 8 servants (4 tenors, 4 basses)
  • 3 musicians (violin, cello, harpsichord)

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