Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899)

“Im Krapfenwald’l”, polka op.336 (5')

The polka Im Krapfenwald’l (In Krapfen’s Woods) was composed in 1869 and was originally titled Im Pawlowsk Walde (In the Pavlovsk Woods). This was the result of Strauss II’s receiving a commission to write a dance piece for a railroad company in Pavlovsk, Russia. The first performance of the polka indeed took place at a train station in Pavlovsk. The composer changed its title to the current name when he introduced the composition to the Viennese audience.

[Akira Ishii]