The composer died on September 8, 1949. From the end of this year, his works will be out of copyright.
According to Kurier, each performance of Der Rosenkavalier at the Vienna State Opera chings up 15,000 Euros to the Strauss estate. There have been 1,000 Rosenkavaliers in Vienna alone. Not to mention Salome, Elektra, Ariadne auf Naxos and all those Lieder.
The composer’s heirs will have to start tightening their belts at Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Losing out even more massively is the publisher Boosey&Hawkes, which took over managing rights in Strauss’s works outside Germany in September 1939 and have been rolling merrily along ever since.