Franz Strauss was a German composer, virtuoso horn artist, conductor, AND the father of Richard Strauss. During his career he performed as principal hornist of the Bavarian Court Orchestra and was a professor at the Royal School of Music in Munich.

He had a profound influence on brass pedagogy during his lifetime. During his horn career, he performed many premiers of Wagner's operas and had quite a reputation for being a curmudgeon, especially with conductors.

His compositions featuring the horn all seem to gravitate towards the producing of beautiful glorious tone.

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