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

Risky-Korsakov - Famous Works

This cover of Scheherazade, 1909, expresses the Eastern influences detected in the music.

  • Operas:

- Τhe Maid of Pskov (sometimes referred to as Ivan the Terrible)
- The Snow Maiden
- Mlada
- Sadko, Op. 5
- Mozart and Salieri, Op.48
- The Tale of Tsar Saltan, of His Son, the Famous and Mighty Bogatyr Prince Gvidon Saltanovich and the Beautiful Princess Swan, Op. 57
- The Golden Cockerel

  • Works for Symphony Orchestra:

- Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 1
- Symphony No. 2, Op. 9, “Antar”
- Fairytale, Op. 29
- Capriccio Espagnol, Op. 34
- Scheherazade, Op. 35
- Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op. 36
- Sinfonietta on Russian Themes in A minor, Op. 31

  • Solo Instrumental music with orchestra or band:

- Piano Concerto in C-sharp minor, Op. 30
- Concerto for trombone and military band in B-flat

  • Chamber music:

- String Quartet in F, Op. 12
- String Sextet in A
- Quintet in B-flat, for flute, clarinet, horn, bassoon and piano
- Allegro in B-flat, for string quartet

  • Choral music:

- Song of Oleg the Wise, Op. 58
- From Homer, Op. 60
- Poem about Alexei, Man of God, Op. 20

  • Songs:

- In Spring, Op. 43
- By the Sea, Op. 46