Emil Waldteufel


Born: December 9, 1837 in Strasbourg, France   Died: February 12, 1915 in Paris, France   Country: France   Period: Romantic
Regarded as the Johann Strauss of Paris, Emile Waldteufel wrote some 300 dances (more than half of them waltzes) for French society balls and private functions. Although his music has been criticized for its lack of melodic and rhythmic variety compared to Strauss, it is generally less ceremonial-feeling than that of Waldteufel's Austrian counterpart, with smooth, singing themes epitomized by his popular Les Patineurs.

Waldteufel was born Read more to a family of musicians; his Bavarian mother was a pianist, and his father was a violinist and dance composer. The family moved from Strasbourg to Paris in Waldteufel's early childhood, and while young Emile studied piano privately, he did not enroll in the Paris Conservatory until he was 16 (Massenet was one of his fellow students). There his emphasis remained on the keyboard, but he dropped out before receiving his diploma. Waldteufel supported himself as a piano tester for the manufacturer Scholtus, while also giving lessons and playing at private soirées.

With his father's orchestra popular in high society, Waldteufel managed in 1865 to land an appointment as court pianist to Napoléon III; he began conducting state balls the following year. He had already written a few dances (he published his first waltz at his own expense in 1859), but he became much more active as a composer from this time, especially after his service in the Franco-Prussian War. Manola, from 1873, was his first international success; he works from later in the 1870s are still recorded with some regularity, and his greatest hit, Les Patineurs (The Skaters), came in 1882. His later pieces are less enduring, but during the last phase of his career Waldteufel performed in London and Berlin besides presiding over the most fashionable and important balls in Paris, notably the presidential balls. He retired in 1899, coincidentally the same year that Johann Strauss II died; Waldteufel lived until 1915. Read less

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    Echoes of Empire / Band of the Coldstream Guards
    Label: British Military Music Archive   Catalog: 1602 Release Date: 04/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Herman Darewski,  Friedrich von Flotow,  Emil Waldteufel,  Arthur Sullivan  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert George Evans,  James Causley Windram
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Band of the Coldstream Guards
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    New Year's Concert 2016 / Mariss Jansons, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 517480 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Eduard Strauss,  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Druian,  Georges Miquelle,  Eugene List,  Alfred Mouledous  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Frederick Fennell,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Christmas Lights
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5222 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Irving Berlin,  Traditional,  Vogel  ... 
    Performer:  Zack Laurence
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Frank Chacksfield,  Billy Vaughn,  Ken Jones  ... 
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    European Light Music Classics / Corp, New London Orchestra
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55477 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leon Jessel,  Franz Lehár,  Gabriel Pierné,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Ronald Corp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New London Orchestra
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    Les Plus Belles Pages De La Musique De Noel
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578291-92 Release Date: 11/04/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  James Pierpont,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
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    Karajan: Orchestra Spectaculars From Handel To Bartok
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633621 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Benjamin Britten,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Orient Express - 20 Light Classics / Iain Sutherland Concert Orchestra
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 1250 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard R. Bennett,  Peter Hope,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Conductor:  Iain Sutherland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Iain Sutherland Concert Orchestra
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    Die Leichte Muse Und Die Konigin Der Instrumente, Vol. 4
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1304 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Rixner,  Ludwig Siede,  Marie-Auguste Durand,  José Padilla  ... 
    Performer:  Ursula Bosshardt,  Ursala Hauser
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    Best Of Pops / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 3580 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Leroy Anderson,  Victor Young,  Meredith Willson  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5198 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Horacio Nicholls,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Con Conrad,  Arthur Lange  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Fryer,  Ronnie Munro,  Reg Pursglove,  Harold Collins  ... 
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    Arturo Toscanini Conducts Rossini, Verdi & Waldteufel / Toscanini, NBC Symphony
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7061 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Emil Waldteufel
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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    The Spirit Of Christmas Present
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7034 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ned Rorem,  John Francis Wade,  Traditional,  Henry John Gauntlett  ... 
    Performer:  Kevin Bowyer,  Huw Tregelles Williams
    Conductor:  William Boughton,  Charles Bruffy,  John Hugh Thomas,  Michel Swierczewski  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra,  Kansas City Chorale,  Fanfare Trumpeters of the Welsh Guard  ... 
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    Alles Walzer!...oder Was?
    Label: Edition Hera   Catalog: 2009 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Iosif Ivanovici,  Gioachino Rossini,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
    Performer:  Jan Pas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Old Vienna Strauss Ensemble
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    Ballroom Classics / Willi Boskovsky, Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56571 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Eduard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Titanic [2-CD Anniversary Edition]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 191475 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  James Horner,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Celine Dion,  Placido Domingo
    Conductor:  James Horner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
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    Titanic [4-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 192386 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  James Horner,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Celine Dion,  John McCormack,  Sissel,  Beatrice Kay  ... 
    Conductor:  James Horner,  Guy Lombardo,  Chuck Foster,  Edward "Duke" Ellington
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti,  London Symphony Orchestra,  John Kirby Orchestra  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Christmas Celebration
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5185 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  James Pierpont,  John Henry Hopkins Jr.,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Billy Vaughn,  Percy Faith,  George Melachrino,  Angela Morley  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Light Music While You Work, Vol. 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5186 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Montague Ewing,  Carl Robrecht,  Frank Churchill,  Jesse Greer  ... 
    Conductor:  Harold Collins,  Harry Fryer,  Reg Pursglove,  Reginald Burston  ... 
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 648500 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Moura Lympany  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Riccardo Muti,  Simon Rattle  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: British Cinema & Theatre Orchestras, Vol. 3
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5168 Release Date: 10/12/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Clifford Greenwood,  Leon Jessel,  Emil Waldteufel,  Vincent Youmans  ... 
    Performer:  Al Bollington,  Albert Coupe,  Sidney Torch
    Conductor:  Clifford Greenwood,  Joseph Muscant,  Anton,  Joseph Tunbridge  ... 
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  • 22.
    100 Best Romantic Classics
    Label: Sonoma Entertainment   Catalog: 101 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Stephen Foster,  Dmitri Kabalevsky,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
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  • 23.
    2006 Midwest Clinic
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 5637566858 Release Date: 11/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Emil Waldteufel,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Henry Fillmore,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Conductor:  Dennis M. Layendecker
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Air Force Band
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    Label: Time/Life Music   Catalog: 25052 Release Date: 09/15/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Lowell Mason,  Felix Mendelssohn,  James R. Murray  ... 
    Performer:  William Davis,  Patricia Spero
    Conductor:  Peter Knight,  Charles Gerhardt,  John McCarthy,  Larry Dalton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Richmond Brass Ensemble,  Westminster Brass Ensemble,  Coventry Strings
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    The Dance / Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5130 Release Date: 07/14/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Léo Delibes,  Georges Bizet,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Wallen,  Philip Collins
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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