Richard Strauss's Alpine Symphony will be performed in Armenia for the first
time with the full orchestra The work will be performed by the Armenian National
Philharmonic Orchestra on February 28 under the baton of artistic director and
principal conductor Eduard Topchjan. The evening will feature musicians from
Switzerland and Germany who will play the symphony with Wagnerian tubes.
It premiered on October 28, 1915. For his mature work, Strauss designated an
ensemble of well more than 100 performers, including an abundance of brass and
percussion, as well as such instruments as organ, wind machine, celesta, and two
sets of timpani. Although Strauss called his work a symphony, it bears none of
the characteristics of that form. Instead of the standard four movements, An
Alpine Symphony is written in one uninterrupted flow of music (roughly 45
minutes in performance length), portraying distinct episodes on the climb.