Work of the week - Johann Strauss: Wiener Blut
On 29 November, Johann Strauss II’s operetta Wiener Blut (Viennese Blood) will open at the beautiful Cuvilliés Theatre in Munich, performed by the orchestra and ensemble of Munich’s Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz.
The 74 year old Strauss gave his consent to Adolf Müller Jr. to create Wiener Blut from existing scores, including the concert waltz op. 354 from which the operetta takes its title. Victor Léon and Leo Stein were tasked with writing a story about Count Zedlau and his amorous adventures that would follow the music coherently. Though the premiere on 26 October 1899 at Vienna’s Carltheater was not so successful, Wiener Blut soon gained popularity.
Of all god-blessed composers Johann Strauss in my opinion is the most amiable source of joy. For me he is one of the last composers who had primary ideas. Yes, the elementarity, the originality, the original melody – that’s it. – Richard Strauss
This concert will also include Strauss’ popular polka, Tritsch-Tratsch, which, along with Wiener Blut, is among the new, recently released editions of his works (Neue Johann Strauss Gesamtausgabe) available from Schott Music. There will be twelve performances of Wiener Blut in Munich this year, along with a performance at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall on 9 March 2015.
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