Waltz Dream, A
Composer: Straus, Oscar 1870 - 1954
Music adapted and arranged by Ronald Hanmer New book by Bernard Dunn New lyrics by Michael Flanders and Edmund Tracey
Oscar Straus’ first attempt at a Viennese operetta, after several operas and burlesques, brought him international renown. The sentimental story, full of nostalgia for old Vienna, appealed greatly to German and Austro-Hungarian audiences and the original Viennese production at the Carltheater in 1907 enjoyed a longer run than even The Merry Widow. In the imaginary state of Rurislavenstein the heiress to the throne has disrupted court life by marrying a common Austrian guardsman, Niki. After much heart-searching and a near disaster, when she mistakes Niki’s harmless meeting with Franzi (the leader of an Austrian girls’ orchestra) for infidelity, the Princess learns to love her hastily-chosen husband and the inevitable happy ending ensues.
3 VIOLIN I : 2 VIOLIN II : VIOLA : CELLO : BASS : FLUTE : OBOE : CLARINET I : CLARINET II : BASSOON : HORN I : HORN II : TRUMPET I : TRUMPET II : TROMBONE I : TROMBONE II : PERCUSSION : HARP
Vocal material from Faber