Johann Strauss : Russischer Marsch op. 426 (Russian March) – Riccardo Muti – Wiener Philharmoniker


The Russischer Marsch, one of Johann Strauss’s ‘characteristic marches’, belongs to that group of new compositions with which the Viennese maestro charmed audiences attending his series of charity concerts in St. Petersburg in 1886. This trip to Russia, made at the invitation of the ‘Russian Society of the Red Cross’ and a children’s charity, was to be Johann’s final visit there, and came after a lapse of seventeen years since his last concert engagement at nearby Pavlovsk (1869). There had been many changes during the intervening years, and after the assassination of Tsar Alexander II by Nihilists in 1881, the autocratic power had passed into the hands of his son, Alexander III (1845-94). The court society which surrounded the new Tsar may have known little of life in Russia thirty years earlier, but was well aware of Strauss’s reputation as the darling of the public, and as a favourite of the Imperial family, through his triumphant ‘Russian summers’ at Pavlovsk during the years 1856-65. The appearance of the Viennese maestro in St. Petersburg in 1886 once again occasioned an outbreak of ‘Strauss fever’, with shops offering pictures, busts and statuettes of the conductor/composer, while one enterprising manufacturer even produced “Strauss Cigarettes” with Johann’s likeness on the packet.

4 responses to “Johann Strauss : Russischer Marsch op. 426 (Russian March) – Riccardo Muti – Wiener Philharmoniker

  1. Hi George , thank you for your inspiring reply.l think nothing goes unnoticed under the heavens.You are sharing your life experience with every reader and blogger.I am sure some one finds the answers in your posts that will help him/her in some way.l saw the iron curtain in Europe 1969,,through my visits to Germany France ,Italy Sweden ,Holland..Then l was a teenager..Have a blessed day.Jalal Michael Sabbagh

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  2. Exquisite post.I lived and studied in Vienna .Johann Strauss is the master of waltz l love his music.Regasrds.jalal

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    • Thanks Jalal, I did not visit much, as in my youth the borders were our prison…behind the iron curtain…By the time I left, was an adult trying to provide for myself and family…But I always kept up, as much as possible to finding out more about the world, and to always remember culture as intrinsic part of our humanity…

      I guess, we do make in life, the best we can with the meager means at hand!

      I’m glad for the blog here, that allows me to share the little contribution I have to the world we live in, and the world we’d like to be living in!

      Thanks again for your comment, and the good word, it gives me a incentive, to keep on my toes, and as such, it it greatly appreciated, always!

      George.

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