Commemorating Richard Strauss’ 150th Birthday, the film focuses on the family of the composer. Especially for this documentary, the family archive of the Strauss-family is opened to the public by Richard Strauss’ grand-son Christian and his sister in law (and today’s archival director) Gabriele Strauss-Hotter. It allows the viewer to get an intense, nearly intimate view on the extraordinary life of this exceptional artist.
Previously unreleased letters and documents shed new light on his installation as president of the Reichsmusikkammer (“Reich Music Chamber”).
But far more than describing the political dimension of Richard Strauss, sources like the archive, his family, and contemporary witnesses provide the audience with oral history on the composer as a man: What made him tick? Where did his endless inspiration came from? What kept him going?
The film by Barbara Wunderlich and Marieke Schroeder sketches the personality of Strauss by emphasis on the Strauss Villa in Garmisch, his focal point of life, and the symphonic composition “Symphonia Domestica”, which portrays the artist’s contradictive persona and his body of work better than any other piece of him.