Notes from the arranger
In 1889 Johann Strauss, Jr. gave his Berlin publisher, Fritz Simrock, a new waltz entitled “Hand in Hand.” It was a celebration of the toast made by Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I during a visit to German Kaiser Wilhelm II. The toast stressed the necessity of bonds of friendship between the two nations. Mr Simrock suggested changing the title to “Kaiser-Waltzer” to please the two emperors. However, when it was published, only the Austrian Imperial Crown was emblazoned on the title page!