Johann Strauss II - Kaiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz), Op. 437

Strauss often played in the glittering Imperial balls, conducting the orchestra and playing the first violin at the same time.   The majestic launch of this fascinating waltz presents the backdrop of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the hegemony of the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph in 1888. Johann Strauss II was Music Director of the Dance Hesperides of the Imperial Court from 1863 to 1872 and composed on occasion for the celebration of an imperial anniversary. The ingenuity of the melody of the Emperor Waltz, which was originally orchestrated for a full orchestra, is such that it was easily adapted for the four or five instruments of a chamber ensemble by the Austrian composer Arnold Schoenberg in 1925. This waltz is a tender and somewhat melancholic work, which at times turns its gaze nostalgically to the old Vienna. The waltz praises the majesty and dignity of the old monarch, who was fully devoted to his people. It begins with a majestic, magnificent march, which soon re

Anglicano canto

Special method of highlighting psalms (and other prayers), used in Anglican mass since the 17th century.

It consists of a kind of correct recitation, characterized by rhythmic and melodic types, more or less stable.

These formulas are repeated identically in each of the two halves, in which each verse of the sung text is divided.

The Anglicano canto, whose first traces date back to the Middle Ages, stands out from the typical chanting of catholic mass, mainly because, unlike it, it harmonizes in four parts, but follows fairly simple rules.