Old Vienna

Full title Old Vienna for orchestra
Date composed 1939
Details Composition completed on 3 March 1939; originally titled Tänze aus Wien / Dances from Vienna for large orchestra. Immediately upon completion Weigl arranged the work for piano four hands (see Dances from Vienna).
Orchestration: 2(2nd alt. Picc.),2,2,2/4,2,3,1/Timp.,Perc./Hp.(ad lib.)/Str.
Performance duration: ca. 20 min.
Manuscript sources NYPL JOB 73-107, holograph score, titled Tänze aus Wien / Dances from Vienna / for big orchestra (64 numbered pages); with two composer's notes, one on the title page: New York, März 1939; the other at the end: 3./III. 1939 / KW. The title page further bears the pencil addition, in another hand, of the title under which the work was published, Old Vienna. See also NYPL JPG 99-6, copyist's mss score by W. Weissleder (46 numbered pages). For sources to the version for piano four hands, see Dances from Vienna.
Publication details American Composers Alliance [Associated Music Publishers, Inc.], 1939.
Availabiity Score and parts available from GS and FCP.
Recordings Berlin Rundfunk-Sinfonie-Orchester, cond. Thomas Sanderling (CD: BIS CD-1167; 2004; recorded 6-7 September 2004, Haus des Rundfunks, Großer Sendesaal des RBB, Berlin).

Old Vienna
Berlin Radio Symphonie Orchester, cond. Thomas Sanderling

Performances (click icon to expand or collapse list)
15 February 1942 Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Musicale at the Baldwin School: Karl Weigl and Vally Weigl, piano (4-hand piano version). Also on program: Mozart Piano Duet Sonata in D Major; Schubert Grand Duo; Beethoven, Adagio from the Pathetique Sonata (Karl Weigl solo); Schumann, Three Pieces for piano duet; Dvorak, Three Legends.
30 January 1949 Rochester New York, Eastman Theatre, Viennese Night: Rochester Civic Orchestra, cond. Guy Fraser Harrison. Also on program: works by Johann Strauss; Gaertner-Kreisler; Franz Lehar; Waldteufel; Stoltz; Suppe.
28 May 1978 New York, Central Park: Naumberg Symphony Orchestra, cond. Richard Woitach.
31 December 1979 Henrietta, New York, Dome Arena, An Evening in Vienna: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, cond. David Zinman. Also on program: works by Strauss and Lehar.