|Flohwalzer (F.Loh walzer) (Vlooienwals) (Flea waltz). Piano. 1876, finished 1890
called F. Loh's opus magnum
performed by Ferdinand Loh, recorded in 1896
edited and arranged as thesis/dissertation by Helmut K. H. Lange, published by Sikorski, Hamburg 1974
[At his 21st birthday, on 24 April 1890 he wrote to his cousin in London: "This morning, on my birthday, I have completed my waltz, so you can congratulate me twice. It may look small, but I have a feeling that I have put into it all I am only able. At eight o'clock in the morning it was time. Have all other works solemnly burned in the oven, the three symphonies, the opera and everything else. The first copy of course I will send you, the next will go to the big publishers tomorrow morning".
Between 1890 and 1900 he tried to publish his composition without success. He eventually moved forward to take the immense triumph of his work alone by quasi oral tradition. His piano students have not tired of playing the flea waltz over and over again and contributed significantly to the success of the work. Around 1905 it was already known throughout Europe and spread with incredible speed in the overseas countries. In 1912 Loh wrote to his cousin "If I would only get a penny whenever my piece is played somewhere, I could buy the whole of England"]