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Harp, Harp duet, Harp Ensemble, Chamber, Small Ensemble - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Johann Strauss Jr. Arranged by Serena O'Meara. Romantic Period, Impressionistic, Repertoire, European, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 47 pages. Published by O'Meara Music (S0.578777).
Item Number: S0.578777
In 1889 Johann Strauss, Jr.gave his Berlin publisher, Fritz Simrock, a new waltz entitled Hand in Hand. It was a celebration ofthe toast made by Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I during a visit to GermanKaiser Wilhelm II. The toast stressed the necessity of bonds of friendshipbetween the two nations. Mr Simrock suggested changing the title to Kaiser-Waltzer to please the twoemperors. However, when it was published, only the Austrian Imperial crown wasemblazoned on the title page!
This stunning arrangement hasboth a pedal harp and lever harp version that is intended to be performedtogether. They only differ in the pedal/lever markings and an occasionalharmony note. The dynamics are clearly marked.
The HarpEnsemble wouldperform for 2 hours each evening as guests arrived at the UW-Eau Claire’sannual Viennese Ball in the student center (1998-2016). The invitation wasextended because Eduard Strauss, the youngest Strauss, was a harpist. Heconducted his own orchestra from his harp and toured the United States.
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