Richard Theurer was fourth horn in the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra (Munich) in a section led by Hans Pizka, which played the premiere of Strauss's opera Capriccio in 1942, under Clemens Krauss, and the first recording of the Alpine Symphony, under the composer.
Theurer was born in 1913 and studied with Josef Suttner. He worked in Bern, Switzerland, then joined the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra in 1937. He retired in 1976.
Theurer was honored with the Punto Award at the IHS symposium in Munich, Germany in 1989.