Archive: Don Quixote: Tilting at Windmills

St. Pölten Festspielhaus Großer Saal Festspielhaus | Großer Saal


  • Anú Sifkovits, Acting
  • Nina Ball, set design
  • Lena Jaeger, music concept
  • Nina Kupczyk, Stage direction
  • Laura Szabo, soloist
  • Lorenz C. Aichner, conductor


Richard Strauss
«Don Quixote» Fantastic Variations for Cello and Orchestra op. 35, extracts
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakow
Capriccio espagnol op. 34, Fandango asturiano
Alexander Glasunow
«From the Middle Ages» Suite for Orchestra op. 79, Troubadour`s Serenade
Richard Strauss
«Im Abendrot» from «Four last songs» for Soprano and Orchestra

At the heart of this concert are the tragicomic hero Don Quixote and his decrepit horse Rosinante. Even though the source novel by Miguel de Cervantes is more than 400 years old, the story of the «Knight of the Sad Countenance» has lost none of its fascination: Many artists have found inspiration in the figure of Don Quixote. Supported by his servant Sancho Panza, he fights to this day against windmills. Musically, the crusade leads through the sound-worlds of Richard Strauss and his fellow composers.

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«In the Steppes of Central Asia» Symphonic poem


  • Allegretto con moto


7 Min.