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Composer of the Week: Johann Strauss I and II

Episode 1 Invitation to the Waltz

Episode 1 Invitation to the Waltz

Catch Up


Donald Macleod charts the careers of the composers, beginning with the rise of Strauss the elder and the development of the waltz from a village dance into an elegant art form sweeping Europe. From its origins in the simple country dancing that came down river from the Black Forest, the waltz grew to become the signature tune of Viennese high society, and the Strauss family its most exuberant exponents. Johann Strauss the elder soon came to dominate the scene with his own high-octane orchestra and his ever-more sophisticated compositions. The highest levels of European society - including Queen Victoria - tripped the light fantastic to the music of the man who became known as the Waltz King. Trad: Ländler aus Oberbayern. Kreuther Musikanten. J Strauss I: Tauberlin-Walzer, Op 1. Christian Pollack, conducted by Camerata Cassovia. Sperls Fest-Walzer, Op 30. Wilhelm Tell-Galoppe, Op 29b. Hofball Tanze, Walzer, Op 51. Cachucha-Galopp, Op 97. Slovak Sinfonietta, conducted by Ernst Marzendorfer. Huldigung der Königin von Grossbritannien, Walzer, Op 103. London Symphony Orchestra, directed by John Georgiadis. Wiener Carnevals-Quadrille, Op 124. Slovak Sinfonietta, conducted by Ernst Marzendorfer. Loreley-Rhein-Klänge, Walzer, Op 154. Wiener Philharmoniker, conducted by Willi Boskovsky.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Donald Macleod
Producer Dominic Jewel


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