I made this at the end of 2011 to celebrate the New Year with some Viennese waltzing, and it somehow became my most popular youtube video. Leopold Godowsky (1870-1938) is still something of a mythical figure for his over-the-top virtuoso piano writing, particularly his 53 Studies on the Études of Chopin. His Strauss waltz transcriptions are less didactic, if no less decadent, and this is the biggest of the four of them. Not sure when I’ll ever play it again . . .