I've just been exposed to the delights of Richard Strauss' Horn Concerto No.1 and many solo horn works. Why isn't this guy more talked about! First concerto at 18! What a god! Is all his music this quality? What do you think of the guy?
P.S. I did some reserch on Strauss and an interesting fact is that when the Nazis came into power, he was appionted (without consent) the Nazi president of German music. However, his librettist was a Jew, so when the Jews were taken Strauss didn't have anyone to write the words to his compositions! The Nazis had good taste in music - the only good thing about them!