Im Sturmschritt

From Wind Repertory Project
Johann Strauss Jr

Johann Strauss Jr (trans. Jacco Nefs)

Subtitle: Polka Schnell
This work bears the designation Opus 348.

General Info

Year: 1871 / 2019
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Symphony
Publisher: Jacco Nefs
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $110.00


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

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Snare Drum


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Johann Strauss Jr.'s first operetta for the Theater an der Wien was Indigo und die vierzig Räuber (Indigo and the Forty Thieves), which eventually opened at that house on 10 February 1871, with the composer conducting. The new work was quite deliberately fashioned by the authors, composer and director after the French style so lucratively popularized by the Cologne-born Parisian Jacques Offenbach (1819-80), a point not missed by many of the journalists who attended the operetta's triumphant première. Nor did Johann shy away from acknowledging the influence of Offenbach on his music when he subsequently began selecting and arranging material from the score of Indigo as separate orchestral numbers with which to maintain his presence in the ballrooms and concert halls of the Austrian capital.

Just as a lively can-can was frequently a feature of an Offenbach stage work, so too Strauss determined to compose an unremitting quick polka that would compete with this breathless dance. The resulting piece also bore an appropriate title: Im Sturmschritt (By Storm)! The first performance of Im Sturmschritt! took place on 19 May 1871 when, two days after Johann had appeared as guest conductor for a performance of Indigo und die vierzig Räuber at the Stadt-Theater in Graz, Eduard Strauss and the Strauss Orchestra delighted the public in the Vienna Volksgarten with a "May Festival".

- Program Note by transcriber


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