Aschenbrödel or Aschenbroedel (Cinderella) is a ballet by Johann Strauss II although it was finished by ballet composer Josef Bayer in 1900 after Strauss died in 1899, leaving the work unfinished although he had already written all the principle parts of the ballet, intending to fill in the orchestration as time permitted. ...more on Wikipedia about "Aschenbroedel"
Bürgersinn (Citizen Spirit) op. 295 is a waltz by Johann Strauss II composed in 1865 for the Citizen's Ball held during the Vienna Carnival Fasching of the year. His prestigious post of the 'KK Hoffballmusikdirektor' which he attained in 1863 meant that his responsibilities included composing dance music for these functions. ...more on Wikipedia about "Bürgersinn"
Cagliostro-Walzer op.370 is a waltz by Johann Strauss II composed in 1875 based on themes from his operetta, Cagliostro in Wien which premiered on 27 February 1875 at the famous Theater an der Wien. ...more on Wikipedia about "Cagliostro-Walzer"
Demolirer-Polka (Demolition Men's Polka) op. 269 is a polka written by Johann Strauss II in 1862. The title chronicled a significant milestone in the history of Vienna where earlier on 20 December 1857, Austrian emperor Franz Josef decreed that the city limits of the capital be expanded to cater to the further needs of a blooming and prosperous city. This would include the demolition of the ancient bastions surrounding the ancient older inner city by scores of demolition men recruited from the Habsburg crownlands of Bohemia, Moravia and Croatia. This project would incorporate many of Vienna's suburbs and the removal of the medieval fortifications were replaced by the magnificent Ring boulevard with parks, gardens and many other structures of architecture grandeur. ...more on Wikipedia about "Demolirer"
"Die Bajadere" is one of Johann Strauss II's polkas, Op. 351. A bajadere was a temple dancer in the European vision of legendary India being popularized by the first translations of Indian classic literature into European languages. The European view melded all the world east of Suez into an exotic locale. The themes of "Die Bajadere" were drawn from the score of Strauss's first operetta, Indigo und die Vierzig Räuber ("Indigo and the Forty Thieves"), loosely based on the Arabian Nights, which premiered in 1871 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna. ...more on Wikipedia about "Die Bajadere (polka)"
Die Fledermaus (en.The Bat) is a comic operetta composed by Johann Strauss II to a German libretto by Carl Haffner and Richard Genée. It premièred on April 5, 1874 at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna, Austria. ...more on Wikipedia about "Die Fledermaus"
Die Publicisten (The Publicists, Op. 321) is a waltz by Johann Strauss II composed in 1868. It was written for the sixth Concordia Ball held in the Sofienbad-Saal on the 4 February of the same year. The waltz's title was an allusion to Vienna's press, with whom he maintained a fruitful partnership that his family had enjoyed since the days of his father Johann Strauss I. The more or less symbiotic association was needed as the musical business of composers would inevitably flourish under favorable press reviews and the establishment of the Vienna Journalists' and Authors' Association in 1859 would signify an even more closer relationship between both composer and the press. The Concordia Ball named after the Roman God of civic concord had its first ball in 1863. ...more on Wikipedia about "Die Publicisten"
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Ein Herz, ein Sinn! (One Heart, one Mind!) op. 323 is a polka-mazurka composed by Johann Strauss II in 1868 and belonged to a period of creativity of the composer. Strauss dedicated this piece to 'the Committee of the Citizen's Ball' which was held at the Imperial Redoutensaal on 11 February 1868 where on occasion he had earlier also dedicated his waltz Bürgersinn op. 295. ...more on Wikipedia about "Ein Herz, ein Sinn!"
Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice) is an operetta in 3 Acts by Johann Strauss II and was premiered in Berlin on 3 October 1883 in the Neues Friedrich Wilhelmstadisches Theater, and is the only one of the operettas of Johann Strauss II ever to be premiered outside Vienna. Its libretto was by F.Zell and Richard Genée based on Le Château Trompette by Jules Cormon. ...more on Wikipedia about "Eine Nacht in Venedig"
Explosions-Polka op. 43 is a polka written by Johann Strauss II in 1847. The title was inspired by a discovery of guncotton or nitrocellulose by German scientist Christian Friedrich Schönbein in 1840. The Viennese press eagerly reported this discovery many years later in 1846 describing many products that can then be made 'explosive'. ...more on Wikipedia about "Explosions-Polka"
Feenmärchen (Fairy-tales) waltz op. 312 is composed by Johann Strauss II in 1866. The same year had witnessed the glaring military weakness of the ailing Habsburg dynasty after a bitter defeat to the hands of the Prussian army at the fateful Battle of Königgrätz. Almost immediately, various Vienna's establishments usually packed with music-lovers dancing the night away took the news with foreboding and many of the year's festivites were cancelled or with-held. ...more on Wikipedia about "Feenmärchen"
Figaro-Polka op. 320 is a French polka written by Johann Strauss II in 1867 and was dedicated to Auguste Delaunay de Villemessant, who was the editor-in-chief of the Paris newspaper 'Le Figaro'. ...more on Wikipedia about "Figaro-Polka"
Flugschriften ('Pamphlets') op. 300 is a waltz by Johann Strauss II written in 1865 and first performed on 17 January 1866 at the Habsburg Court Ball in the Rittersaal of the Imperial Hofburg Palace graced by the Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Elisabeth. The waltz had earlier been intended to be dedicated for the occasion of the annual ball of the Vienna Authors' and Journalists' Association 'Concordia' ball held at the Sofienbad-saal ballroom on 21 January 1866. ...more on Wikipedia about "Flugschriften"
Frühlingsstimmen ('Voices of Spring') op. 410 is a waltz by Johann Strauss II written in 1882. The work was intended as a waltz with a solo voice accompaniment (as opposed to a choral waltz) of whom the famous coloratura soprano Bertha Schwarz (stage name =Bianca Bianchi) was to sing the waltz at a grand matinée charity performance at the Theater an der Wien in aid of the 'Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Elisabeth Foundation for Indigent Austro-Hungarian subjects in Leipzig'. ...more on Wikipedia about "Frühlingsstimmen"
Gross-Wien op. 440 is a waltz by Johann Strauss II written in 1891 and was a choral waltz for the Wiener Männergesang-Verein (Vienna Men's Choral Association) during the Vienna Fasching (Carnival) of the same year. The text for the choral version of the waltz was by Franz von Gernerth. ...more on Wikipedia about "Gross-Wien"
Illustrationen (Illustrations) op. 331 is a waltz by Johann Strauss II composed in 1869. It was appropriately titled for the annual ball of the Vienna Journalists' and Authors' Association ('Concordia') that was held in the Sofienbad Saal on 26 January the same year. ...more on Wikipedia about "Illustrationen"
Im Krapfenwald'l (In Krapfen's Woods) op. 336 is a polka by Johann Strauss II written in 1869 and was originally titled 'Im Pawlowsk Walde' (In the Pavlovsk Woods) when first performed in Pavlovsk on 6 September (= 25 August Russian calendar) 1869. Reportedly, several encores of the piece was called for and Strauss felt moved to retitled the piece to suit his audience back in native Vienna. ...more on Wikipedia about "Im Krapfenwald'l"
Immer Heiterer op. 235 is a waltz written by Johann Strauss II in 1860 for the Vienna Carnival Fasching. The waltz was marked as 'im ländlerstyle' which meant that it was to be performed in the same style as that of the ländler. ...more on Wikipedia about "Immer Heiterer"
Indigo and the Forty Thieves was freely adapted from Tales from the Arabian Nights. First staged on February 10, 1871 in the Theater an der Wien, it was granted a warm reception by Vienna's theatre-going public. The press was more divided in opinion. Typical published reactions were: "It consists of dance music on which Strauss has overlaid text and characters" ... "A man of Strauss' reputation should never have allowed his name to be associated with such a venture" ... "It is an interesting production and is a foretaste of great things to come". ...more on Wikipedia about "Indigo und die Vierzig Räuber"
(Kaiser-Jubiläum-Jubelwalzer) Kaiser-Jubiläum Jubelwalzer is a waltz composed by Johann Strauss II in 1888 to commemorate the fortieth anniversary of the accession to throne of his monarch, Emperor Franz Josef who commisioned the waltz in order to celebrate the progress of Vienna and the prosperity of Austria and its colonies in the Balkan. Throughout the festivites on 2 December 1888, the Emperor also organised various humanitarian and charitable acts for the benefit of his people. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kaiser-Jubiläum-Jubelwalzer"
Kaiser-Walzer op. 437 (Emperor Waltz) is a waltz composed by Johann Strauss II in 1889. The famous waltz was originally titled 'Hand in Hand' and was intended as a toast made in August of that year by Austrian emperor Franz Josef on the occasion of his visit to the German Kaiser Wilhelm II where it was symbolic as a 'toast of friendship' extended by Austria to Germany. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kaiser-Walzer"
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Karnevalsbotschafter (Carnival's Ambassador) op. 270 is a waltz composed by Johann Strauss II in the autumn of 1862. Incidentally, it was also written during Strauss' honeymoon with his first wife Henrietta Treffz in Venice. It was first performed at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Vienna's Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde (Society of Friends of Music in Vienna) at the 'Sperl' dance hall on 11 November 1862 and also at a soirée there on 22 November. The title may be alluded to Strauss himself, as a 'carnival ambassador' to Venice having accomplished the year's Fasching festivity commitments in Vienna. Unsurprisingly for him in Venice, although his wife had intended the honeymoon as a complete rest for him, he found himself duly inspired to pen this lovely waltz in a period of great personal happiness. ...more on Wikipedia about "Karnevalsbotschafter"
Künstlerleben (Artists' Life) op. 316 is a waltz written by Johann Strauss II in 1867, following closely on the success of the popular The Blue Danube waltz. Austria was severely shaken the previous year 1866 by the crushing defeat that the Austrian army suffered in the Battle of Königgrätz and many of the year's festivities and balls were cancelled as the prevalent depressing mood affected most of Vienna's populace. ...more on Wikipedia about "Künstlerleben"
Kuss-Walzer or 'Kiss Waltz' op. 400 is a waltz by Johann Strauss II and was composed in 1881. The waltz was dedicated to his beloved wife Angelika Dittrich who was his second wife and whom he only spent 5 years together as she was only 28 years old at that time in comparison to the ageing Strauss. Their marriage was an unhappy match although the cause of it may have been that of Strauss' personal hastiness in marrying her just seven weeks after his first wife's death. The waltz comprises of melodies from Strauss' popular operetta Der lustige Krieg The Merry War and is an orchestral treatment of the Act 2 aria 'Nur für Natur' which was a hit when first performed. Eduard Strauss, the composer's brother first conducted the orchestral piece at the Court Ball in Vienna in 1882. ...more on Wikipedia about "Kuss-Walzer"
Lagunen-Walzer (Lagoon-Waltz) op. 411 is a waltz by Johann Strauss II written in 1883. The waltz melodies are drawn from his operetta Eine Nacht in Venedig (A Night in Venice) which was a fiasco when first premiered in Berlin on 3 October 1883. ...more on Wikipedia about "Lagunen-Walzer" You are visiting www.shortopedia.com
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