Johann Strauss lives on in Neustift am Walde

I don’t know when in my youth I must have first heard Johann Strauss’ “Geschichte aus dem Wiener Wald” (Stories from Vienna Woods). But the music came alive again during our stay in Vienna, especially in the neighborhood of Neustift am Walde.

Ever since we got to Vienna on June 5, and settled in our wonderful country inn in Vienna woods and vineyards, I just could not stop hearing practically Johann Strauss’ wonderful waltz “Stories from Vienna Woods.” It has been with me practically 24/7. Even when I wake up at night, I find myself creating my new arrangement on a Clavinova.

The same thing happened with Strauss music four years ago, during my Arizona Desert Quest 2013. That’s when Strauss’ “Blue Danube” waltz took over all of my senses, and would not leave me until I finally recorded in after we got back to Maui (see “BLUE DANUBE” III: AN ANCIENT SHAMANIC DREAM –

So for the last several weeks, I have been trying to reconstruct this waltz from memory, without using any sheet music. And last night (July 5), I recorded my own version of it, including a new orchestration which is a little different from that originally ascribed to Johann Strauss. But the core and the spirit of the piece is the same.

Here’s now a new music video in which I am combining some recent scenes from Vienna with Elizabeth and me dancing a waltz in Maui in June 2013.

Stories from Vienna Woods – by Altzar – a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – music and orchestral arrangements by ALTZAR, performed and recorded on a Clavinova on July 5, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona – original score by Johann Strauss II

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Here’s now also a “hybrid” recording I made on July 1, in which I played the overture and the first theme, while a professional symphony orchestra performed the rest of the piece:

Stories from Vienna Woods – a waltz by Johann Strauss — a film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – based on Johann Strauss II waltz – recorded on July 1, 2017 in Scottsdale, Arizona – with Bob and Elizabeth and Victoria and Albert dancing the waltz – A film by Bob Altzar Djurdjevic – July 2, 2017

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