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New critical edition of Richard Strauss' Don Juan

07/01/2020
First performances with the new material of the critical edition of the works of Richard Strauss

The Richard Strauss Werke - Kritische Ausgabe (RSW) is the first scholarly-critical edition of Richard Strauss' musical oeuvre. Almost all of his compositions have so far only been available in - mostly uncorrected - reprints of old editions. The new edition collects the most important groups of works in 64 volumes: all stage works, orchestral works, songs with piano and orchestra, and chamber music. Included are various versions and fragments, together with source documentation, the genesis of the works and performance variants authorized by Strauss. The edition includes printed music volumes with integrated critical notes and is supplemented by an online platform with text comparisons and document collections. The detailed introductions and footnotes are published in both German and English.

The edition is published by Verlag Dr. Richard Strauss, in cooperation with Boosey & Hawkes, Edition Peters Group and Schott Music in an attractive and robust cover made of bright red library linen with embossing.

Members of the honorary board are H. K. H. Franz Duke of Bavaria, Renée Fleming, Mariss Jansons, Prof. Dr. Peter Ruzicka, Dr. Christian Strauss, Christian Thielemann


  • The first scientific edition of the works of Richard Strauss

  • Published by the Bavarian Academy of Sciences Munich under the direction of Hartmut Schick, in conjunction with the Richard Strauss Institute Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Produced by the Richard Strauss Research Unit of the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

  • The first volumes - Macbeth, Lieder op. 10-29 and Don Juan - were published in April 2017.

  • Critical notes are included in the respective music volumes, text comparisons and document collections are made available in digital form.

  • Performance materials are planned to accompany the edition.


Performances of Strauss' Don Juan from the Critical Edition


16. and 17.1.2020 Alte Oper Frankfurt am Main
hr-sinfonieorchester Andrès Orozco-Estrada / Conductor

27.1.2020 Murcia
28.1.2020 Madrid
29.1.2020 Barcelona
30.1.2020 Zaragoza

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