The Viennese Dance Series for Chamber Ensembles

Johann Strauss Jr.

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Souvenir Polka, Op.162 for String Quartet

The Souvenir Polka was composed in December 1854 for a charity ball held to aid Vienna’s poor. Strauss introduced it the following month at Schwendner’s famous entertainment hall in the suburb of Rudolfsheim just outside Vienna. It was intended for his own small salon or resort orchestra of about 15 to 20 players. However, like most of his works, it was quickly made into various arrangements such as those for quartet, quintet or piano and strings so that it could be heard in the cafés and coffehouses throughout Vienna.

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