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Die Fledermaus (tr Niese)

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Johann Strauss Jr

Johann Strauss Jr (trans. Roger Niese)

General Info

Year: 1874 / 2005
Duration: c. 8:00
Difficulty: V (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Baton Music
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - €159.00   |   Score Only (print) - €28.00


Full Score
C Piccolo/Flute III
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Solo Soprano Clarinet I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass
Percussion, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Above all, the Viennese composer Johann Strauss Jr. (1825-1899) is best known by the more than 150 waltzes he composed that earned for him the nickname of the Waltzking.

Till today every New Year's Day the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra plays in the Golden Hall of die Musikverein some of these pearls like An der schöne blauen Donau, Rosen aus dem Süden, Wiener Blout or Kaiserwalzer.

Beside his waltzes Johann Strauss composed as well several operettas of which Die Zigeunerbaron and Die Fledermaus his best contributions to this genre are.

Strauss composed the operatta Die Fledermaus (the Bat) in 42 nights in his Villa at the Maxinggasse (opposite the Schönbrun Castle) in Vienna.

The first performance took place the 5th of April 1874 in the famous Theater an der Wien followed by only 15 repeats. Only after triumphal performances in Berlin and Paris, die Fledermaus became on the standards in the repertoire of the operetta.

De overture [sic] is firmly in the tradition established by Rossini and even starts with a traditional audience 'shutter-up', succeeded by a veritable cascade of mouth-watering melodies ending in a real gypsy dance.

- Program Note from score


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State Ratings

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