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Polka Française

By Josef Strauss

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Orchestra Cello, Contrabass, Piano, Viola, Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3 - Grade 2
Polka Française. Composed by Josef Strauss (1827-1870). Arranged by Carl Strommen. Young String Orchestra. Set of Score and Parts. With Standard notation. 8+8+2+5+5+5+3+8 pages. Duration 1 minute, 37 seconds. Carl Fischer Music #YAS158. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.YAS158).

Item Number: CF.YAS158

ISBN 9781491143728. Key: G major.

Feuerfest was written to commemorate the sale of a fireproof safe for a famous Vienna safe company. The piece has a distinctive Austrian flare like that of more famous marches like the Radetzky March, but is much more playable for young orchestras. Carl Strommen has set this polka for use in festival performance. It will be a refreshing change for any concert.
Feuerfest (Fireproof) was written by Josef Strauss, son of Johann Strauss, famous for his memorable waltzes. Young Josef was asked by Franz Wertheim, owner of the Wertheim Safe Company of Vienna, to compose a piece recognizing the completion of the company’s 20,000th safe, considered the finest safe in all of Europe. The titleof the piece, Feuerfest, comes from what Wertheim considered the most important benefit of his safes; that they were fireproof!

About Carl Fischer Young String Orchestra Series

This series of Grade 2/Grade 2.5 pieces is designed for second and third year ensembles. The pieces in this series are characterized by:
--Occasionally extending to third position
--Keys carefully considered for appropriate difficulty
--Addition of separate 2nd violin and viola parts
--Viola T.C. part included
--Increase in independence of parts over beginning levels

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