Strauss’ Don Quixote & The Last Knight
OCTOBER 27, 2019
Sunday at 2 PM
Emperor Maximilian I of Austria, known since the 19th century as “the last knight,” was passionate about armor and the trappings and ideals of knighthood. There is no more influential tale of knighthood than Cervantes’ Don Quixote, which inspired Strauss’ “Fantastic Variations on a Theme of Knightly Character.” His musical realization of Quixote’s chivalric journey is both thrilling and moving.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I, on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art October 7, 2019–January 5, 2020.