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Johann Strauss II

Debut Quadrille, Op. 2

Arr. CPE Strauss

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My orchestration from the Mechetti first edition piano score of this quadrille by Johann Strauss II, written for his debut at Dommayer’s casino in 1844.

I did it as part of a project I was working on but there are existing recordings. Two of the three I found are pretty lifeless. The VPO’s New Years Concert recording is energetic but is scored for a huge orchestra. From memory Strauss’s first orchestra had 14 players in it.

I have scored for four woodwind, three brass and one percussion player and string quintet, although I have multiplied the string players for performance.