|The waltz is a highly adaptable form of music that can be played by string orchestras, a full orchestras (with woodwind and brass) and solo instruments such as the piano, keyboard or guitar.
This musical form is believed to have originated in Vienna and by the 19th Century it was popular throughout Europe. Is became the perfect accompaniment to dance with Johann Strauss II (son of Johann Strauss I) one of its most notable contributors – his Emperor Waltz is one of his most popular works and helps to cement his reputation as the ‘Waltz King’. Other notable composers of this genre include Anton Paulik, Joseph Lanner, Emile Waldteufel, Oskar Nedbal, Josef Strauss, Carl Michael Ziehrer and Tchaikovsky.
Containing multiple melodies (it is not uncommon to find up to nine) the waltz often features a lower accompaniment. A key characteristic of the waltz is that it is performed in three quarter time giving the tune a lift and fall – most simply described as its ‘um pa pa, um pa pa’. It is this that creates the waltz’s unmistakable air making it instantly recognisable to the ear.
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