Ein Heldenleben (Opening) Maximize

Ein Heldenleben (Opening)

Composer: Richard Strauss (1864–1949) 
Arranger: Mort Shafer (1931-2009) 
Instrumentation: French Horn Sextet (includes Treble Clef and Bass Clef parts for Horn 6) 
Performance Time: 4:00
Price: $12.00

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“Ein Heldenleben” translates to “A Hero’s Life” in which Strauss himself is the ‘hero’. There is no real story line to this work, it is rather a record of reactions and responses to the theme of heroism. It opens with the Hero swaggering, plunging, soaring, and striding in a theme spanning three octaves against a pounding rhythm, featuring the horn in its original form. This arrangement is a truly wonderful, but challenging feature for 6 horns, that all get a chance to play the Hero.