Johann Strauss II (1825 - 1899)

“Die Fledermaus”, operetta - Overture (9')

Die Fledermaus (The Bat) is the third of the fifteen operettas Strauss II completed. The work premiered on April 5, 1874 in Vienna. The operetta quickly became popular among not just the Viennese public but also music lovers in numerous cities in Europe as well as in the United States. The overture is full of a variety of melodies—some are adorable and endearing, the others, sorrowful and touching.

[Akira Ishii]