Johann Strauss : Die Fledermaus Arranged for 10 Piece Brass ensemble

Product Code : Strauss_01
The most famous of Strauss's stage works and a highpoint of Vienna's Golden Age of operetta, Die Fledermaus (The Bat), composed in 1874, is filled throughout with the same effervescence as the champagne that gets everyone utterly confused at a glorious all-night party in which things are not quite what they seem. Adele, the chambermaid, has come to the party in a dress borrowed (without permission) from her mistress, only to run into that lady disguised as a mysterious Hungarian countess so that she won't be recognized by her husband, who is having one last fling before starting a week's jail term. It all turns out to be an elaborate practical joke, a mild revenge for a trick that the husband played on his best friend—getting him royally drunk at an earlier party and forcing him to make his way home by daylight in a bat costume, to general ridicule. The married couple decides that it would be simpler to blame everything on the champagne than to get a divorce. Ever since the operetta was first performed, it has remained the quintessential Viennese operetta, a perpetual reminder of a seemingly carefree world of waltzing and romantic intrigue. The popular overture is largely made up of passages from the show itself, including a weepy, crocodile-tears lament when the husband says farewell to his wife, supposedly to start his eight-day stretch in jail for some misdemeanour, but actually to attend the party, to dance, drink, and flirt before arriving at the jail. The couple sing lamenting figures, but the husband can’t resist slipping into a lively polka (even while singing the words, “Oh God, how moved I am!”) as he anticipates the frolic to come. The other most famous passage in the overture is the “Du und du” waltz, in which everyone at the party toasts their friendship and agrees to embrace and call one another by the familiar form “du,” as they are all now “brothers and sisters.”
Our arrangement has been provided by our star musician Sophie Bell, and these programme notes were written by Steven Ledbetter.
No. of Players : 10 Difficulty : Intermediate Arranged by : Sophie Bell
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In most cases, this is the arrangment being played back using the Sibelius video export facility, but in some cases this is an actual performance by groups commissioned by Undiscovered Brass to actually perform the arrangment.
Die Fledermaus Arranged for 10 Piece Brass ensemble
Price : £30