Artist's Life Waltz

By: Johann Strauss II
For: String quartet
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Composer
Johann Strauss II
Year of composition
1867
Arranger
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
7 minutes
Genre
Classical music
License details
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Vienna, the waltz and the Strauss family are inseparable entities. The waltzes of Johann Strauss, Sr. (1804 - 49) evoked the air of the Viennese countryside, beer gardens and Heurigen. Those of his eldest son, Johann, Jr., at first had the same rhythmic vitality and brief melodies. After 1860, however, this would change. The younger Strauss infused the traditional waltz format and sound with a new vitality and sophistication that reflected the glittery, hedonistic spirit of nineteenth-century imperial Vienna. He melded the rhythmic drive of his father's works with Joseph Lanner's (1801-43) lyricism, and changed the rhythmic emphasis from the beat to the measure. Strauss' seemingly unlimited melodic invention prompted him to compose melodies that did not fall into the traditional four, eight, or sixteen-measure patterns of earlier waltz tunes. He maintained the basic outline employed by Lanner and his father: a slow introduction, (typically) five pairs of waltzes and a coda, but increased the length of each section and the organic unity of the whole. Strauss' orchestration is often picturesque, especially in his introductions, while that of the waltzes themselves approaches a Mozartean clarity.

Like Morgenbl?tter, Op. 279, and Wiener Blut, Op. 307, "K?nstlerleben" (Artist's Life), Op. 316, was conceived with a world-wide public in mind. Strauss' expansion of the waltz continues in this work as he creates links between sections and employs harmonies only distantly related to the tonic.

Please note that this arrangement is not played back accurately due to the way the D.S. signs are not performed. This arrangement comes with a supplemental third violin part, and an optional bass part for use with string orchestra.

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Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 6. Theme and variations, Piano Sonata in A "Alla Turca" - 3. Rondo, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 3. Sarabande, A Cyclone in Darktown, Advance Australia Fair, Ah! per sempre io ti perdei, from "I Puritani", Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Anvil Chorus, from "Il Trovatore", Au fond du temple saint, from "The Pearl Fishers", Brook Green Suite - 1. Prelude, Brook Green Suite - 2. Air, Brook Green Suite - 3. Dance, Canon in D, Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op.42 - No.3 Melodie, Capriol Suite, Chanson de Matin, Che gelida manina, from "La boheme", Habanera from "Carmen", Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 1, Birthday Minuet, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 2, Concerto for Two Violins "L'estro armonico" Op.3 No.8 - Movement 3, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 1. Vivace, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 2. Largo ma non tanto, Concerto in D minor for 2 Violins - 3. Allegro, Habanera from "Carmen", Duet: Sous le dome epais, from "Lakme", El Capitan, Emperor Waltz, Gradual, Hands Across The Sea, Holberg Suite - 1. Prelude, Holberg Suite - 2. Sarabande, Holberg Suite - 3. Gavotte and Musette, Holberg Suite - 4. Air, Holberg Suite - 5. Rigaudon, I Got The Blues, Jerusalem (And Did Those Feet In Ancient Time), Key-Stone Rag, King Cotton, Thais - Meditation, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 1. Allegro, L'Autunno ("Autumn") - 3. Allegro, L'Estate ("Summer") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Estate ("Summer") - 2. Adagio, Presto, L'Estate ("Summer") - 3. Presto, La Cinquantaine, Gymnopedie No.1, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 1. Allegro non molto, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 2. Largo, L'Inverno ("Winter") - 3. Allegro, La Primavera ("Spring") - 1. Allegro, La Primavera ("Spring") - 3. Allegro: Danza pastorale, Largo al factotum, from "The Barber of Seville", Maple Leaf Rag, Mon coeur s'ouvre a ta voix, from "Samson et Dalila", O mio babbino caro, from "Gianni Schicchi", O soave fanciulla, from "La boheme", Policy King, Praise, My Soul, The King Of Heaven, Radetzky March, Op.228, Semper Fidelis, Senza Mamma, from "Suor Angelica", Sextet: Chi mi frena, from "Lucia di Lammermoor", Si. Mi chiamano Mimi, from "La boheme", Sleepy Sidney, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 1. Grave - Allegro, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 2. Adagio cantabile, Deck The Halls, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 2. Menuetto and Trio, Sonata in A, KV 331 - 3. Rondo "alla Turca", Song to the Moon, from "Rusalka", St. Paul's Suite - 1. Jig, St. Paul's Suite - 3. Intermezzo, St. Paul's Suite - 4. Finale (The Dargason), String Serenade - 2. Waltz, String Sonata No.1 - 1. Moderato, String Sonata No.1 - 2. Andante, String Sonata No.1 - 3. Allegro, Tales From The Vienna Woods, Thaxted (I vow to thee, my country), The Amazon Rag, The Barber of Seville - Overture, The Blue Danube Waltzes, The Blue Danube Waltzes, The Cannon Ball Rag, Trio No.4, The Carnival of the Animals - The Swan, The Entertainer, The Gladiator March, The High School Cadets, The Liberty Bell March, The Manhattan Beach March, The Ragtime Dance, The Stars And Stripes Forever, The Washington Post March, Trio No.1, Trio No.2, Trio No.3, Trombone Johnsen, Un bel di vedremo, from "Madama Butterfly", Vissa d'arte, from "Tosca", Who Let The Cows Out?, Who Let The Cows Out? - For Sax Quartet (AATB), Wine, Women and Song, The Barber of Seville - Overture, Symphony No.40 - 3. Menuetto, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.8, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 3. Adagio, O Little Town Of Bethlehem (1), Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 1. Allegro and O Holy Night

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