(ABRSM Grade 2 List B and Grade 3 List B/TCL Grade 4 List A 2016-2019)
Viennese music has become almost synonymous with Johann Strauss II and his great waltzes. But of course there were other luminaries: his father Johann Strauss I, his talented brothers Josef and Eduard as well as their colleagues, friends and rivals.
The Viennese Fiddler includes music by some of these; and apart from waltzes we have polkas (slow and fast), a couple of melodies from operettas and a march. The selection ranges from shorter, eminently playable miniatures to a handful of more extended and challenging arrangements.
The waltz kings were first and foremost fiddlers. They led their orchestras from the front, instrument and bow in hand. As a young man Johann Strauss II used to practise his violin in a full-length mirror so he would look every inch the part. They knew how to write for the violin, how to make it sing and dance, and this helps to make the repertoire a perfect foil to the other volumes in this series.
The Viennese Fiddler contents:
- Joh. Strauss II: The Beautiful Blue Danube
- Lehár: Two Waltzes from Gold and Silver
- Joh. Strauss I: Philomel Waltz
- Joh. Strauss II: Russian March
- Joh. Strauss II: Andantino from The Gypsy Baron
- Jos. Strauss: Fireproof!
- Lanner: The Schonbrunn Palace
- Joh. Strauss II: The Emperor Waltz
- Joh. Strauss II: Roses from the South
- Strauss: Clear the Tracks!
- Suppe: Light Cavalry
- Joh. Strauss II: Tales of the Vienna Woods