Strauss was a leading German composer of the late Romantic and early modern eras known for his operas. He demonstrated musical aptitude at an early age, and his extensive training in piano, violin, harmony, theory and orchestration equipped him to produce music of extraordinary polish and maturity by the time he reached adulthood. He represents the late flowering of German Romanticism, in which pioneering subtleties of orchestration are combined with an advanced harmonic style.