"Tod und Verklärung" (Death and Transfiguration), Opus 24

"Dear God, what crime have we committed that you should send us this scourge. It will be a long time before we are rid of it," an orchestra musician in the Weimar world première of Strauss´s tone poem "Don Juan" lamented regarding his demands on the orchestra. History would prove him right: in "Tod und Verklärung" ("Death and Transfiguration") these demands are further increased and make this tone poem a virtuosic showpiece for a great orchestra.