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    Do you enjoy Waltzes? I know many around here feel that the fact that the Waltz king Johann Strauss II was a bit too light makes his music bad, I disagree and in fact love it, but if you do love Waltzes, but not Strauss, who do you prefer to listen to?

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    I'll take a listen! Thanks.

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    Last edited by Mandryka; Dec-08-2019 at 19:07.

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    I really like the P. Glass one!

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    The Mauricio and Shostokovich are great.

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    Richard Strauss wrote a number of good ones. His most famous is a suite of waltzes from "Der Rosenkavalier". This video is an extremely short version
    "Music in any generation is not what the public thinks of it but what the musicians make of it"....Virgil Thomson

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    If Brahms loved the Strauss waltzes (so many of which are thematically inventive, orchestrally colorful, structurally interesting … and danceable!) then I do, too.

    Brahms actually did quite well writing waltzes himself. Sample this set:



    Prokofiev wrote some fine waltzes, my favorite of which is from the Cinderella Ballet. It's featured near the end of the following Suite.


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    Less often heard are the waltzes of Emil Waldteufel

    One of my favorites is his Spanish waltz. I once conducted it with an amateur orchestra. Here's a band transcription of it:

    "Music in any generation is not what the public thinks of it but what the musicians make of it"....Virgil Thomson

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    Quote Originally Posted by Captainnumber36 View Post
    The Mauricio and Shostokovich are great.
    Mauricio Kagel is a composer well worth exploring

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    Franz Lehar was a major contributor to the waltz genre

    His most famous (audio only):

    "Music in any generation is not what the public thinks of it but what the musicians make of it"....Virgil Thomson

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    Anybody mentioned Andre Rieu yet? Please don't.......

    I have posted this piece before somewhere here, personally I find it heart-wrenchingly beautiful, others may find it schmaltzy, don't care!


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    Three waltzes that always get me
    Sleeping Beauty (Tchaikovsky) I must have imprinted on it at a young age

    Waltz of the Snowflakes (also Tch.) the fountains at Longwood Gardens use this for their Christmas display, and it signifies the start of the season for me.

    Valse Triste by Sibelius I imprinted on this at a slightly older age

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    Joseph Lanner (1801~1843) waltzes:




    Chopin famously criticized Johann Strauss Sr., Lanner and the Viennese public who loved their work as having "corrupt taste".
    http://www.classicalnotes.net/classi...inwaltzes.html

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    R. Strauss, Tchaikovsky composed great waltzes... Der Rosenkavlier, and the great Waltz from "Swan Lake" are two of the best ever....Julius Fucik wrote some very good ones, also...
    those of J. Strauss have beautiful melodies, and a nice lift to them, but for me, a little goes a long way....definitely small doses for me..
    Sibelius "Valse Triste" is wonderful, if poignant and sad....
    perhaps the best of all is Ravel - "La Valse" is a great work, the archtypical dance of the pre WWI Gilded Age, tears itself into pieces, as the Great War rages across the globe...."Valses Nobles et Sentimentales" are are excellent, also.

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