Emil Waldteufel

Biography

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

Waldteufel: Waltzes And Polkas / Guschlbauer, Et Al
Release Date: 09/12/2006   Label: Erato  
Catalog: 3632972   Number of Discs: 1
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    New Year's Concert 2017 / Dudamel, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 537618 Release Date: 01/06/2017   Number of Discs: 2
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    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5198 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7061 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Spirit Of Christmas Present
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    Titanic [2-CD Anniversary Edition]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 191475 Release Date: 03/26/2012   Number of Discs: 2
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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  ... 
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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
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    100 Best Waltzes & Polkas
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 828892 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Jacques Offenbach,  Charles Gounod,  Emil Waldteufel  ... 
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    Best Waltzes & Polkas 100
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    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky,  Manuel Rosenthal,  Herbert von Karajan,  Jean-Baptiste Mari  ... 
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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  ... 
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