I have something a bit different for you today, everyone. Today’s piece is the Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 314 by Johann Strauss II. Here’s a bit about it.
- Even though it’s one of the most popular classical music pieces, it was not an initial success, which disappointed the composer.
- There is both a choral version and an instrumental version. I prefer the instrumental version, so that’s what I’ve put in this post.
- The piece is so associated with Vienna that it is sort of an unofficial Austrian anthem. It is broadcast every year on New Year’s Eve on all public radio and television stations in the country, and is often an encore piece at the Vienna New Year’s Concert. (In fact, the video is from the 2010 broadcast of the concert!)
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