Emile Waldteufel

Estudiantina, waltz for orchestra, Op. 191

    Description by Robert Cummings

    As many may be aware, Emile Waldteufel rivaled Johann Strauss II in the genre of the waltz. But unlike Strauss, many of Waldteufel's popular waltzes were arrangements of folk themes or themes by other composers. Such is the case with Waldteufel's Op. 191, a work written on commission from his publisher, Enoch, who wanted a set of waltzes based on Paul Lacôme's Spanish-styled duet Estudiantina (Band of Students). Since the waltz was to be in four continuous sections, Waldteufel drew on other sources for the last three sections: Lacôme's Chanson d'automne (section two); the Spanish songs Jota de la Estudiantina and Tirana (section three); and De Cadiz al Puerto and El Tripili, (final section).

    The work opens with the chipper theme from the refrain of Lacôme's

    Estudiantina, the music here imparting a mood of festivity and merriment, with colorful scoring that, oddly, divulges less Spanish character than the listener might expect. The second part is comparatively subdued and carefree, and uses other thematic material from Lacôme's duet before moving on to music from his aforementioned Chanson d'automne. Here Spanish flavors are more in evidence, as they are in the succeeding section, where there are both greater vigor and a good measure of exoticism. The concluding segment features contrasting sections, one relatively restrained and the other celebratory and joyful.

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2018 Menuetto Classics
    2014 Querstand QUE 1304
    2014 Guild Light Music 5211
    2011 EMI / Warner Classics 5099908288929
    2011 Baton
    2009 Denon Records
    2009 Elite Special / Zebralution
    2008 Rounder 618127
    2008 Madacy 52955
    2007 Guild / Guild Light Music 5134
    2007 Fuel 61689
    2006 Philips
    2005 Madacy 50798
    2005 DPTV Media / Piet Roelen Productio 90033
    2005 Paradiso / Hot Town 39299
    2003 EMI Classics 85066
    2002 Disques Pierre Verany 787101
    2002 SOMM 23
    2001 Pearl 0139
    1998 New World Records 805442
    1998 Avalon Music / Avalon Records 6
    1997 Naxos 553956
    1995 Madacy 5650
    1994 Marco Polo 223433
    1994 Mediterraneo 1080
    1991 BMG 69295
    1990 Nimbus 5264
    Solstice Records SO 100
    Reader's Digest Music 170
    Denon Records 73674
    Madacy 52957
    Vox 9009