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Published on Apr 16, 2011
With the 1867 Vienna Carnival over, the three Strauss brothers made preparations to present a 'Revue' of all the dance pieces they had composed for that year's festivities -- a practice which had by now become a tradition. Although they had written a record 24 new works -- 5 by Johann, 11 by Josef and 8 by Eduard -- Johann was conscious that his own carnival offerings (which included the Blue Danube and Artist's Life waltzes) lacked a quick polka, a dance with which Josef Strauss had recently enjoyed much success. With all speed Johann crafted a quick polka of his own, giving it the title Leichtes Blut, which he presented for the first time, alongside that year's carnival novelties, at a benefit concert in the Vienna Volksgarten on 10 March 1867.