A short edit of a discussion I had about Intermezzo before we start rehearsals in just over a month. The autobiographical element of the piece is strong. It is the first thing anyone looking at this "bourgeois comedy" will learn, or be told. I am not interested in retelling a literal Strauss story, as it was done for the premiere, with sets that mimicked the Garmisch interior. However the historical background of the piece became a starting point to understand what Richard Strauss had in mind when he wrote it, about an incident that happened 20 years prior. I find that time context important: the events retold are in the here and now when listening to the piece, yet in reality 20 years have passed. The drama and pain of the discovery of the letter, the crisis that ensued, were a blip in a marriage that lasted 54 years, right until Richard died 2 days short of their 55th wedding anniversary.