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Philipp Fahrbach I

Wiener Zünder, Walzer, Op. 253

Arr. CPE Strauss

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My orchestration from the Spina piano score of this waltz by Philipp Fahrbach I.

He is a much underrated and unjustly neglected composer. Every piece I have unearthed has been interesting, and this one is no exception. It’s a very good waltz. He does have his own style, although he occasionally shows the influence of Lanner, with whom he worked in his youth.

Waltz 1A could have been written by Lanner (although I have not orchestrated it in his manner as this waltz postdates Lanner’s death by some twenty years and much had changed stylistically in the intervening period. I would expect Fahrbach to have done the same).

Waltz 5B has a very characteristic Lanner layout (cf Die Romantiker, for example), although it is also “borrowed” by several later composers, notably Johann Strauss II in his Concurrenzen, Op. 267.