A Thousand And One Nights

By: Johann Strauss II
For: String quartet
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Composer
Johann Strauss II
Year of composition
1871
Arranger
Difficulty
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
Duration
5 minutes
Genre
Classical music
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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.

Since the premiere of his first operetta, Indigo und die vierzig R?uber (Indigo and the Forty Thieves), Strauss extracted dance numbers from his stage works and published them as individual compositions. After the February 10, 1871 premi?re of Indigo, Strauss gleaned nine excerpts from the operetta for use as parts of dance pieces, Opp. 343-51, of which "Tausend und eine Nacht" (A Thousand and One Nights), Op. 346, is the best known. Although the public enthusiastically received Indigo, critics generally blasted the libretto, resulting in several revisions over the years, the most successful of which is by Ernst Reiterer in 1906, featuring an entirely new libretto and entitled "Tausend und eine Nacht."

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Bethena - A Concert Waltz, Le Coucou, Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.13 Der Dichter Spricht (The Poet Speaks), Marche Militaire, Op.51 No.1, Sleepy Sidney, Slavonic Dance, Op.72 No.2, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 6. Theme and variations, Sonata "Pathetique" Op.13 - 2. Adagio cantabile, Piano Sonata in A "Alla Turca" - 3. Rondo, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 3. Sarabande, The Gladiator March, We Three Kings, Symphony No.29 - 3. Menuetto, Humoresque, Op.101 No.7, The Manhattan Beach March, The Stars And Stripes Forever, Lohengrin - The Bridal Chorus, Trio No.1, La Damnation de Faust - Rakoczy March, Swan Lake - Dance of the Cygnets, Of The Father's Love Begotten, Water Music Suite No.2 in D, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 3. Allegro, Pavane, Op.50, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 4. Bourree I and II, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 1. Allegro, Radetzky March, Op.228, L'Estate ("Summer") - 1. Allegro non molto, I Got The Blues, Holberg Suite - 2. Sarabande, Chanson de Matin, Brook Green Suite - 3. Dance, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 1. Allegro, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Joy To The World, O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis), Orchestral Suite No.2 - 6. Menuet, Chanson Triste, Op.40 No.2, Little Jesus, Sweetly Sleep, Birthday Minuet, Symphony No.25 - 1. Allegro con brio, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.11 Furchtenmachen (Frightening), Habanera from "Carmen", Christians, Awake!, The Magic Flute - March, Song Without Words No.27 "Funeral March" Op.62 No.3, Espana - 2. Tango, God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen, The First Noel, Children's Corner, No.6 The Golliwog's Cake-Walk, Ode To Joy, Symphony No.29 - 4. Allegro con spirito, Solomon - Act III, Sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Song Without Words No.45 - Scherzo Op.102 No.3, Lullay My Liking, Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.7 Traumerei (Dreaming), 16 Songs for Children, Op.54 No.6 Legend ("When Jesus Christ Was Yet A Child"), Piano Sonata No.14 "Moonlight" - 2. Allegretto, We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 3. Gavotte I and II, God Save The Queen, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", Brandenburg Concerto No.2 - 3. Allegro assai, Symphony No.40 - 1. Allegro molto, Water Music Suite No.1 in F, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 "The Wedding March", The Nutcracker - Overture, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 4. Bourree, Minute Waltz, Op.64 No.1, Song Without Words No.30 - Spring Song Op.62 No.6, Gymnopedie No.1, Orchestral Suite No.3 - 1. Overture, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 3. Allegro, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, La Marseillaise, The Sleeping Beauty - Waltz, Brandenburg Concerto No.5 - 2. Affettuoso, In The Bleak Mid-Winter, O Christmas Tree, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Symphony No.25 - 2. Andante, Symphony No.29 - 2. Andante, Symphony No.25 - 3. Menuetto, Berceuse, Op.16, The Holly And The Ivy, Symphony No.40 - 4. Allegro assai, The Marriage of Figaro - Overture, Lullaby, Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Scherzo, In Dulci Jubilo, Deck The Halls, The Flight of the Bumble Bee, Once in Royal David's City, Serenade No.10 , Symphony No.29 - 1. Allegro moderato, Babes in Toyland - March of the Toys, Unto Us A Child Is Born, Rosamunde - Ballet Music No.2, Silent Night, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 2. Rondeau, Serenade No.10 "Gran Partita" - 2. Menuetto; Trio 1; Trio 2, Pictures at an Exhibition - Promenade, Angels We Have Heard On High, The Merry Wives of Windsor - Overture, William Tell - Overture, I Saw Three Ships, Symphony No.40 - 1. Allegro molto, A Midsummer Night's Dream Op.61 - Nocturne, Brandenburg Concerto No.6 - 2. Adagio ma non tanto, Slavonic Dance, Op.46 No.7, O come, O come, Emmanuel, Brandenburg Concerto No.3 - 2. Adagio - Allegro, Symphonie Fantastique - 2. Un Bal, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 1. Overture, Away In A Manger, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 5. Polonaise and Double, Solomon - Act III, Sinfonia "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba", Symphony No.40 - 2. Andante, Auld Lang Syne, Orchestral Suite No.2 - 7. Badinerie, The Coventry Carol, Suite Bergamasque - No.3 Clair de Lune, Symphony No.25 - 4. Allegro, Water Music Suite No.3 in G, Ave Maria, Op.52 No.6, Carmen - Act 1: Prelude, 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, O Holy Night and 1812 Overture

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