All these films have three layers... A story, an orchestra with its conductor, and
When you watch a story, the music easily falls into your subconscience, and often
simply gets lost. But since my concept was to visualize music, I cut back to musicians
and dancers so that you are reminded of the music itself, the main element of these
short films - unknown waltzes, polkas, marches and quadrilles of Johann Strauss II.
In 1992, I reached into a box at Tower Records Classics on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood,
and found a CD from a series called “THE MARCO POLO JOHANN STRAUSS II EDITION”. Since
I am a Strauss fan, I was very curious about this edition. It promised the “entire
instrumental works” of the king of waltz. For the Strauss lover, this is not a small
promise because all the Strauss records repeat the same repertoire of about 40 pieces.
What was the reason for this new endeavor?
I learned that shortly after Strauss’ death in 1899, his youngest brother, Eduard,
in a wave of depression, had destroyed the entire archive of the Strauss family.
Now, at the end of the 1980s, a music producer, a music publisher and a music historian
started a task that was aimed to find all the lost scores in archives, private collections,
and music libraries in Austria, Germany, Russia, the United States, and wherever
they could dig up something, even a transcript for the piano. They found almost everything.
The result is 53 CDs with over 500 mostly unknown works by the greatest genius
If we would not be showered with discoveries in every field on a daily basis, this
would be a sensation. But it is enough that it exists and lives its new life among
My short films celebrate this discovery. They are planned to be shown as singles.
In festivals. On TV. At events. Or played at home like music. They are best when
you repeat them. This is when you discover the unknown Strauss. His flirtatious yearning,
his sensuous gestures, his tender awakenings, his clownish exaggerations, his delirious
pulls, his bittersweet good-byes, his echoing remembrance.