But why would you wanna arrange "Kung-Fu Fighting" for orchestra?
No you're wrong Strauss' hits are still as strong as ever. Have you not seen the sold-out concerts for Andre Rieu , have you seen the following throughout the world for the New Year Concert in Vienna ?
I did stick some pieces in that do not qualiy. But nothing could be much more popular than Smetana's Bartered Bride Overture..
I think a one-hit wonder is one where nothing else is known.
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I would say however that your definition of one-hit wonder, while more valid, is too exclusive. I was working on a "much better known than anything else" sort of presumption. Also working on a level of knowledge below most people here. For example, Rossini is known to most people via the William Tell overture. Strauss wrote other quite well known things, but the Blue Danube is much better known than anything else. It's really a matter of measures.
Go to the Classical section of your local CD store, if you can find one, and see what is offered for each composer. For Orff, it would be Carmina Buranna (sorry about the spelling), for Smentana, it would be a compilation CD with The Moldau and the Bartered Bride overture and dances. For Rimsky-Korsakov, it would be Sheherazade. For Bruch, it would be the violin concerto. For Ferde Groffe it would be the Grand Canyon Suite. You can add to the list on your own. The problem is not that these composers only had one good piece, except for Groffe maybe, and calling the Grand Canyon suite "good" is a streatch, but the economics of the music business almost require the sales of the "hits". Record companies do not generaly want to risk money on something that won't sell and they are not really interested in the4 classical side of the business anyway. So, we get the old dependables in the stores and have to search HARD for some of the less known music from even famous composers.
Suk - Fantastic Scherzo
He wrote so much more, and that's what I'm exploring now.
However, it must be said less known works from famous composers are much easier to get than works of comparable quality from less known composers. There must be a fair number of accessible recordings of, for example, Mozart's early symphonies (like the very early ones), and yet there are a lot better (subjective, of course) things by the Bach children, Stamitz, Salieri, Dittersdorf, Vanhal and even less well-known composers that you can barely find, and if you do only a couple of recordings at max, even with downloads.
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That's because these are the pieces that will sell. I blame Classic FM for the dumbing down of 'classical' music to a very limited alternative popular music industry. You'll hear 'O Fortuna' from Carmina Burana all day but rarely, if ever, will you hear a single note from any of the remaining 60-odd minutes of that piece. Ditto 'Also Sprach Zarathustra' by Strauss.Go to the Classical section of your local CD store, if you can find one, and see what is offered for each composer. For Orff, it would be Carmina Buranna (sorry about the spelling), for Smentana, it would be a compilation CD with The Moldau and the Bartered Bride overture and dances. For Rimsky-Korsakov, it would be Scheherazade.....etc
Meanwhile, back on -topic, I'd like to nominate 'Zampa' overture by Herold.
Strauss wrote other quite well known things, but the Blue Danube is much better known than anything else. It's really a matter of measures.
One could say that a great many composers have a single most famous work. Vivaldi will always be known for the Four Seasons and Handel for the Messiah... or rather the Hallelujah chorus from the Messiah. This is far from making them a "one hit wonder." Johann Strauss is far from being a "one hit wonder". I'd say you'd have a better argument for Richard Strauss and his Also Sprach Zarathustra. But even to a public less than well-versed in classical music, Johann Strauss is known for more than the Blue Danube:
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Aww, you didn't include 'Tales from Vienna Woods'
No argument there whatsoever; Richard Strauss has a varied and considerable repertoire which is often played just as much as ASZ e.g the Alpine Symphony, Four Last Songs, Salome (especially the 'Dance of the Seven Veils'), Der Rosenkavalier, etc. However, as I mentioned above, the opening 'Sunrise' section from ASZ (the '2001 A Space Odyssey' bit) is played far, far more than anything else which is probably why you mention him.I'd say you'd have a better argument for Richard Strauss and his Also Sprach Zarathustra.
I don't make a habit of it, but if I'm driving and fancy a blast of 'The Lark Ascending' or 'The Thieving Magpie Overture' (especially if R3 is playing 'jazz') then I only have to switch overYou shouldn't be listening to Classic FM you'll never grow big and tall if you do.
By the way, at my age I really don't need to get any bigger and taller