Josef Strauss

Jockey Polka, for orchestra, Op. 278

    Description by Robert Cummings

    Even though Josef Strauss was a more serious (even depressed) member of the famous Strauss family of musicians, quite capable of writing music of darker character, he also had the talent to write cheery fluff. This polka is just that, and while it may not conjure up images of a jockey riding a horse, it will impart a playful sense of madcap hustle with the bustle of its colorful notes. The work effervesces with joy, too, as relatively few of this composer's efforts actually do. This polka opens with a rollicking theme punctuated by thunderous drum strokes and laden with other percussive spices and imaginative instrumentation. The music scampers along with a carefree sense, its mood festive and bright, but with a good measure of mischief. The central episode continues the madcap manner, and the main theme returns to close out this chipper piece with a colorful but somewhat abrupt ending. Lasting but a mere minute-and-a-half, this delightful work will appeal to Strauss enthusiasts and lovers of light classics.

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2018
    Menuetto Classics
    2015
    Sony Classical
    88875032032
    2014
    Various Artists
    Sony Classical
    88843047122
    2013
    Decca
    4785437
    2012
    Sony Classical
    88691913772
    2012
    Sony Classical / Sony Music
    88697927102
    2012
    Marco Polo
    8225353
    2011
    Various Artists
    EMI / Warner Classics
    5099908288929
    2010
    Membran
    232577
    2009
    Music Digital / Zebralution
    2008
    Ton 4 / Zebralution
    2008
    Various Artists
    Decca
    4780223
    2008
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4400734372
    2007
    ORF
    246
    2006
    M&V
    2005
    2006
    Opus KURA
    7011
    2006
    Various Artists
    Brilliant Classics
    99083
    2005
    RCA Red Seal
    67890
    2004
    Archipel
    225
    2004
    ASV / White Line
    2157
    2004
    EMI Music Distribution
    86019
    2003
    Preiser Records
    20020
    2002
    EMI Music Distribution
    74528
    2001
    Melodram
    40051
    2001
    Black Box Classics
    1059
    1999
    Preiser Records
    90336
    1999
    Naxos
    8 554466/7
    1997
    Marco Polo
    223564
    1997
    London
    455254
    1996
    BMG
    68421
    1996
    Forlane
    16566
    1995
    Art of Classics
    885918
    1995
    Eurodisc
    7432129362
    1993
    Telarc Distribution
    80314
    1991
    Orfeo
    236901
    CBS Records Masterworks
    45564
    Brilliant Classics
    99086
    Ton 4
    Vanguard
    8078
    EXL
    4245
    Musical Heritage Society
    5190467
    Eurodisc
    258665