Composed by Richard Strauss during the final months of the Second World War, it may reflect his sadness at the destruction of much of Germany. Certainly it is melancholic. Though it is also beguiling.
Ironically, my introduction to this piece was accidental. I subscribed to a classical music magazine when CDs were still relatively new. Each year I could claim a free CD, from a small selection. When my renewal was due there were four CDs, and only one that I either didn’t already have or didn’t heartily dislike. So by default, I found myself with a recording of Metamorphosen, which I then went on to ignore for some years.
Eventually I got around to seeing what it was like. And I was instantly captivated. Now some twenty-five years later it remains a firm favourite. It may also be found on repeat, as a kind of background music whilst I work. Disrespectful, maybe but there it is. :)