The Viennese Dance Series for Chamber Ensembles
Nechledil March for String Quartet
The Nechledil Marsch appeared in Franz Lehar's first operetta Wiener Frauen, which was a great success. It dates from 1902. Lehár’s trademark catch style and melodies are already in evidence in Wiener Frauen (The Women of Vienna), the most famous of which is the stirring ‘Nechledil March’ and the lovely ‘Paradise Waltz’. Though originally intended for a theater pit orchestra of 20 players, like the many tunes from Johann Strauss Jr’s operettas, Lehar’s were also quickly turned into all sorts of arrangements for small ensembles and could be heard all over Vienna in its cafes, restaurants and parks.
Franz Lehár (1870-1948) was born in the Hungarian village of Kormorn, then part of the Habsburg Empire of Austria-Hungary. His father was a military bandmaster. Lehár entered the Prague Conservatory where he studied violin with Anton Bennewitz and composition with Dvorak and Joseph Foerster. He also took private lessons from Zdenek Fibich. After graduating, he became an assistant to his father and eventually succeded him as director.