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date: 29 May 2020

Walzer aus Wien (‘Waltzes from Vienna’)locked

  • Kurt Gänzl

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(‘Waltzes from Vienna’)

Singspiel in three acts, using music by Johann Strauss and his father, the elder Johann Strauss, selected and arranged by Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Julius Bittner to a libretto by a. m. Willner, heinz Reichert and Ernst Marischka; Vienna, Stadttheater, 30 October 1930.

Walzer aus Wien has been the most successful, internationally, of the more than 20 theatre works constructed by other hands from the music of Johann Strauss. Its story, a fictionalized life of the composer, centres on the struggles of the young Strauss (baritone) with his unsympathetic father, his romance with the confectioner’s daughter, Resi (soprano), and his relationship with the extrovert Countess Olga (soprano), who helps his ambition to become a musician against his father’s wishes. The music is tastefully, if sometimes confusingly, arranged from a number of well-known Strauss melodies, as well as some less familiar pieces, the most successful of which was the duet ‘Hat ein Engelein in Himmel’, for young Strauss and the Countess. The work’s greatest popularity has been outside Austria, notably in France (as ...

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