“Die Hydropaten Waltz”
1909 (Columbia A 5116 mx 30240)
Die Hydropaten Waltz
Here is a waltz by Austrian composer Joseph Gung’l First published in 1858 the waltz was performed throughout much of the world during the Victorian era and into the early decades of the 20th century. Early editions of its sheet music feature a dedication to the Priessnitz family – presumably the family of Vincenz Priessnitz, an Austrian peasant farmer who became famous as the father of hydrotherapy.
This recording was made by Columbia’s in-house band led by Charles A. Prince.
You might mention the members of Prince’s Orchestra, all of whom were more than competent and some of whom were very important musicians in their own right. Most of the Prince’s Orchestra sides from 1906 to about 1914-15 were recorded with one player on each part, even in the string section. That’s why their sound is detailed – Columbia’s engineers evidently desired clarity. The first violinist is George Stehl, about whom I can currently find little but am searching for info; the flutist from 1906 to 1921 was Marshall P. Lufsky (1878-1948), who played piccolo and flute from 1900 to 1906 with the Sousa Band (including their seminal 1900 European tour; its flute section also included past and future studio flutists Eugene Rose [1866-1961], who was with Edison from 1889 to 1914, and Darius Lyons [1870-1911], who was with Victor from 1904 to 1909 – TB cut short his career); the clarinets were Thomas Hughes and George Rubel, who played with Sousa as well – Hughes was also on the 1900 European tour; the cornets were Vincent Buono (1875-1959 – he was with Columbia from 1901 to 1922 and then became principal trumpet of the New York Symphony Orchestra under Walter Damrosch until it was absorbed by the New York Philharmonic in 1928) and Harry Brissett (whose brother Fred was second clarinet at Edison in the ‘teens, the first was Anthony Giammatteo); and the trombonist was the legendary Leo Zimmerman (1866-1935), who succeeded Arthur Pryor as Sousa’s trombone soloist from 1903 to 1908 before his engagement at Columbia and his tenure as principal with the New York Symphony and other NY ensembles over the next twenty years.