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Excerpt from Richard Strauss
After the first performance of the Domestic Symphony in London some friends pointed out to him that a passage at the beginning of the Nocturne was identical with the beginning of the well-known Gondoliers' song in the first book of Mendelssohn's Songs without Words. 'those who were present at the conversation could have no doubt that the discovery was a complete surprise to him. Similarly he was quite taken aback when at one of the orchestral rehearsals of Salome at Dresden a member of the band (who was an Austrian) pointed out to him that one of the -motifs is one of the cavalry calls in the Austrian army, which he must have heard hundreds of times. One may compare with this the anecdote of Wagner, who, when he was rehearsing Die Meistersinger, and came to the passage in the third act when Sachs says to Walther: Mein Freund, in holder Jugendzeit, remarked, My friends, this is certainly Nicolai, but I never knew it till to day, meaning that the phrase is identical with the principal melody of the overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor, with which he must have been perfectly familiar when he wrote it.
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