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Richard Strauss (1864â1949): DON QUIXOTE: Theme and Variation I
The MET Orchestra; James Levine, conductor.Â Strauss: Don Quixote, Tod Und VerklÃ¤rung (Deutsche Grammophon)
One of the original fools in literature is Don Quixote, a knight prone to delusions of grandeur and the foolish hero of the novel by Miguel de Cervantes. We can thank this novel for adding the term "quixotic" into our vocabularies (a word that means "foolishly idealistic." Heck, we can basically thank it for the term "novel"-Don Quixote is widely considered to be the first modern novel. In the story, our hero loses his sanity when reading stories of the glorious deeds of chivalric knights and their beautiful, yet distressed, damsels. Inspired, he tries the life of knighthood himself, but his active imagination leads him down many wrong paths, until he eventually returns to sanity and dies amidst reflections on the foolishness of his errant knighthood. The story has inspired countless composers, including Richard Strauss, Henry Purcell, Maurice Ravel, Leon Minkus, and the 20th-century musical The Man Of La Mancha.