Johann Strauss II

Man lebt nur einmal! (You Only Live Once!), waltz for orchestra, Op. 167

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Though its opus number would suggest a later work, this waltz is a relatively early effort in the career of the prolific Johann Strauss II. He would eventually produce over 500 works, including 17 operettas. Man lebt nur einmal!, despite its relatively early appearance, exhibits the composer's already seasoned ability to create attractive melodies housed in well-crafted structures and clothed in colorful and imaginative instrumentation. The work opens with a brief but stirring introduction, then presents a rather debonair waltz tune punctuated at the ends of phrases by cymbal crashes. The secondary material is playful but divulges much the same elegance of expression. A folk-like manner seizes the expressive reins about midway through and seems to depict a sort of yodeling effect. The seeds of this music were first heard in the introductory material. The mood turns quite vigorous and colorful in the latter half, and the main theme also takes on a more robust manner. The yodeling music reappears, too, though its more rhythmic manner mostly dispels folkish elements. The ending to this approximately six-minute waltz is colorful, but relatively subdued.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2008 Urania 367
    2006 RCA 67892
    2005 Documents 222049
    2002 Dutton Vocalion / Vocalion 4121
    2001 Aura Classics 0193
    2000 St. Clair 30192
    1999 Philips 456724
    1999 Pearl 9109
    1998 St. Clair / Premium Music 6077
    1995 Art of Classics 885918
    1995 APR (Appian) 7036
    1993 VAI Audio 1019
    1992 Marco Polo 23212
    1992 RCA 61265
    Marco Polo 000
    BMG 60923