Guaranteed a laugh and a thunderous applause, this has been a favourite of Viennese Night audiences since day one.
But here’s the difference: unlike the original Strauss’ viola parts which are lamentably lacking in any melodic interest, all these parts are great to play. Yippee!
And you also have a choice. You are getting 2 versions:
Version 1 is in the original key of E flat Major, where the 4th player tunes the C-string to B flat. And version 2 is in F Major. Both are perfectly playable, although I confess it took me a few moments to get my head around the scordatura. 3.5mins M