Theme from Emperor Waltz

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Johann Strauss Jr

Johann Strauss Jr (arr. Stuart Johnson)

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This work bears the designation Opus 437.

General Info

Year: 1888 / 1993
Duration: c. 3:00
Difficulty: II 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: G & M Brand
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
Flute 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
Cornets/Trumpet I-II
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Euphonium/Bass Trombone
Percussion I-II

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Johan Strauss (the younger) was only six when he wrote his first waltz, and it was obvious at an early age that he wold rival and outshine his father.

His waltzes were meant for dancing – the opening bar is for partners to bow by way of introduction to each other – and when the Emperor Waltz was written in 1888, Strauss was director of the Imperial Court Balls in Vienna.

- Program Note from score

Kaiser-Walzer, Op. 437 (Emperor Waltz) is a waltz composed by Johann Strauss II in 1889. The waltz was originally titled Hand in Hand and was intended as a toast made in August of that year by Austrian emperor Franz Joseph I 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. Strauss' publisher, Fritz Simrock, suggested the title Kaiser-Walzer since the title could allude to either monarch, and thus satisfy the vanity of both rulers.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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