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Hommage an Johann Strauss Vater
(Tribute to Johann Strauss father)

Opus 4

The year 1999 marked not only the one hundredth anniversary of the death of Johann Strauss II, but also the 150th anniversary of the death of his father, Johann Strauss I. On this occasion the composed the Galoppe als Hommage an Johann Strauss Vater (Galop as Homage to Johann Strauss I), as it was Strauss senior who used to provoke veritable outbursts of enthusiasm in his audience with such dances. In the central section there is a dialogue between the first violin and the viola, the instrument which Johann Strauss I played at the beginning of his career.