In the April issue of Standpoint, I assess the disparity between the dull bourgeois personality of Richard Strauss and the celestial uplift we receive from his music. For stimulus and sparkle, Strauss is probably the last person you would invite to a dinner party. A determined egotist, lacking ethical or intellectual curiosity, he was no more and no less than a great composer.
So why do we expect genius to be interesting? Read my essay here.
pictured with Baldur von Schirach and the playwright at the world premiere of Hauptmann’s Iphigenia