A Strauss soundtrack for babies doing what babies do

And the winner of today’s award for “Best Use of ‘Also Sprach Zarathustra’ in a Diaper Commercial” goes to … (drumroll, please)

Safe to say that Richard Strauss wouldn’t have anticipated Pampers, but in real life, he was indeed familiar with babies in particular and domestic routines in general. In fact, he composed a symphony, the “Domestic Symphony,” which describes a day in the life of the Strauss family. As Strauss described it, “”My next tone poem will represent a day in my family. It will be partly lyrical, partly humorous.” The dedication reads “to my dear wife and our son.” Strauss was 40, he’d been married 10 years, and his son was 7.

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