One of the most opulent pieces in the history of music turns 100 years old since its premiere. A major work of programme music, it was ‘dedicated in gratitude to the Royal Chapel in Dresden’ by Richard Strauss, and the composer himself conducted the premiere of the Alpine Symphony at the then Dresdner Hofkapelle on 28 October 1915 in Berlin.

To commemorate the anniversary of this symphonic poem, it will be performed under the musical direction of Christian Thielemann on 21 October 2015 at Dresden’s Semperoper as part of this year’s ‘Richard Strauss Festival’, oncemore recollecting the tight bonds between the composer and Dresden’s Opera and its musicians.