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

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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
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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
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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
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    The Spirit Of Christmas Present
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    Arturo Toscanini - The Complete RCA Collection [84 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 791631 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 85
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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  ... 
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    Ballroom Classics / Willi Boskovsky, Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56571 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Eduard Strauss  ... 
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    Dance Along
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 55479 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
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    Time Traveller - La Belle Epoque
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 79014 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
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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  ... 
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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
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    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5186 Release Date: 11/08/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 828892 Release Date: 11/01/2011   Number of Discs: 6
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    Best Waltzes & Polkas 100
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    Classics At The Movies
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    Hits & Evergreens
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 5332282 Release Date: 01/21/2011   Number of Discs: 1
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    Best Children's Classics 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 17626 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Gioachino Rossini  ... 
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    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 648500 Release Date: 11/16/2010   Number of Discs: 6
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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  ... 
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    100 Best Romantic Classics
    Label: Sonoma Entertainment   Catalog: 101 Release Date: 09/28/2010   Number of Discs: 3
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    Dance! - The World's Favorite Ice-Skating Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 58906 Release Date: 02/09/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jerry Herman,  Frédéric Chopin,  Vittorio Monti,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
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    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  ... 
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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  ... 
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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  ... 
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