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Philipp Fahrbach I

Wiener Spassvogel, Walzer, Op. 294

Arr. CPE Strauss

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My orchestration from the piano score of this waltz by Philipp Fahrbach I. It’s a bit of fluff at the opposite end of the scale from Josef Strauss’s Aquarellen that I did a few weeks ago.

I have two editions, one Austrian and one Italian. Neither has an introduction but both have an accidental on the first note, an A natural, which suggests there probably was an introduction originally.

As I have previously written, Fahrbach frequently includes sound effects in his scores. I have omitted the singing and shouting but I have had a go with the rest. It took me longer than orchestrating the waltz. The bagpipe is from Profesional Sound Effects, the parrot is called Mickey and the quail prefers to remain anonymous.

The parrot can’t sing in time and the quail is out of tune. The bagpipe can’t do either.

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