Richard Strauss fountain in Garmisch-PatenkirchenWith the fountain by the Oberammergau sculptor Hans Schwaighofer (1920-2000), the market town of Richard Strauss also erected a visible monument in 1989.
The fountain shows three title characters from his operas:
Salome (op. 54, premiered in Dresden 1905), holding the head of Jochanaan in her hand, which she had served on a silver tray. This first great opera success enabled Strauss to buy the property and build the villa in Garmisch.
Elektra (op. 58, first performed in Dresden 1909) with the flame as a symbol of her passion; this is only the hope of revenge for the murder of her father Agamemnon. Strauss based his composition Hugo von Hofmannsthal's stage version of the material from Greek mythology. Working with Hofmannsthal resulted in five further operas in the following 20 years, including the world success Der Rosenkavalier.
Finally, Daphne (op. 82, premiered in Dresden in 1938), which Zeus transformed into a tree in order to deprive her of human and divine love-making and thus become one with nature. Materials from Greek mythology fascinated Strauss so much that he made them the basis of his operas several times. But he was never as successful as with the Elektra.gapa.de/de/GaPa-vor-Ort/Service-und-Aktuelles/GaPa-A-Z/Richard-Strauss-Brunnen_isd_48197