The composer Richard Strauss died at the age of 85. Here is all you want to know, and more!
Biography - A Short Wiki
Though he also had a successful career as a conductor, this German musician is best remembered for composing significant operas (including Salome and Der Rosenkavalier); symphonic poems (including Also sprach Zarathustra and Death and Transfiguration); and lieder and orchestral pieces (including, respectively, Four Last Songs and Metamorphosen).
His marriage to soprano opera singer Pauline de Ahna resulted in a son named Franz.
I may not be a first-rate composer, but I am a first-class second-rate composer.
The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play.
Never let the horns and woodwinds out of your sight; if you can hear them at all, they are too loud.
Never look encouragingly at the brass, except with a short glance to give an important cue.
Bear in mind that you are not making music for your own pleasure, but for the pleasure of your audience.