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Johann Strau▀ (Sohn) Operetta "Die Fledermaus"
Johann Strauß jun.

Time of composition: 1873 - 1874
First performance: April 5th, 1874 Theater an der Wien
Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 4 horns, 2 trumpets, 3 trombones, kettle drums, percussion, harp, strings.
Duration of performance: c. 2 1/2 hours

Introductory remarks
The librettists
Place of action
"Die Fledermaus" and censorship
Viennese high society at the time of the first night
The watch in a decolletÚ - some questions concerning "Die Fledermaus"
Overture - music samples

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