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A Waltz is music in 3/4 time with light tuneful melodies, and simple chordal lower parts with the first beat heavily accented. It is primarily a dance form, still popular in the ballroom, but has been adapted for the concert hall in many famous classical works. It originates from Austrian and German country dances or Landler, from the mid 1700s.

It can be argued that the waltz is a more lively descendent of an older dance form, the stately minuet, which was also in 3/4 time. In the classical period, both Mozart and Beethoven wrote some Landler, or country dances, which sound pretty much like waltzes. In the romantic period, Chopin is especially famous for his lyrical and elaborate piano waltzes.

 Johann Strauss is the most famous composer to have specialized in writing waltzes, such as the Blue Danube, and Tales of the Vienna Woods. His beloved city of Vienna is considered the waltz capital of the world.

Tunes belonging to the Waltz category. Audio is available for 50 tunes for this category.
No.Name of WorkComposerEnsemblePeriod
1 AlwaysBerlinRhythm ComboPopular Modern
2 Artist's Life Waltz, Op 316Strauss-Johann2OrchestraRomantic
3 Belle of the BallAndersonOrchestraPopular Modern
4 Blue Danube waltz Op 314Strauss-Johann2OrchestraRomantic
5 CharmaineVariousPops OrchestraPopular Modern
6 Emperor Waltz Op 437 (Kaiser Walzer)Strauss-Johann2OrchestraRomantic
7 German Dances (Deutsche Tanze)HaydnOrchestraClassical
8 Gold and Silver WaltzLehárOrchestraRomantic
9 Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanz)WeberSoloRomantic
10 La ValseRavelOrchestraImpressionist
11 Liebslieder Waltz No.6BrahmsOther EnsemblesRomantic
12 Morgenblatter waltzStrauss-Johann2OrchestraRomantic
13 Que Sera, SeraVariousPops OrchestraPopular Modern
14 Roses from the South, Op 388Strauss-Johann2DuetRomantic
15 Skaters' Waltz "Die Schlittschuhläufer" (Les Patineurs)WaldteufelOrchestraRomantic
16 Sunshine WaltzesGomersallOrchestraModern (Serious)
17 Tales from the Vienna Woods - Waltz Op 325Strauss-Johann2OrchestraRomantic
18 Thousand and One Nights WaltzStrauss-Johann2OrchestraRomantic
19 Valse Brillante in Ab Op 34 No.1ChopinSoloRomantic
20 Valse in EbDurandSoloRomantic
21 Vienna Blood Waltz Op 354Strauss-Johann2OrchestraRomantic
22 Voices Of Spring Waltz, Op 410Strauss-Johann2OrchestraRomantic
23 Waltz from Der RosenkavalierStrauss-RichardDuetRomantic
24 Waltz from masqueradeKhachaturianOrchestraModern (Serious)
25 Waltz in A minor for pianoGriegSoloRomantic
26 Waltz in Ab for pianoBrahmsSoloRomantic
27 Waltz in Eb Grande Valse Brillante.ChopinSoloRomantic
28 Waltz in Gb Op 70 No.1ChopinSoloRomantic
29 Waltz No.10 in B minorChopinSoloRomantic
30 Waltz No.2 from Suite for Variety Orchestra.ShostakovichPops OrchestraModern (Serious)
31 Waltz No.3 in A minor Op.34 No.2ChopinSoloRomantic
32 Waltz No.6 in Db "Minute Waltz"ChopinSoloRomantic
33 Waltz No.7 in C# minorChopinSoloRomantic
34 Waltz, Op. 34, No.3 in FChopinSoloRomantic
35 Waltz, Op. 42 in A-flatChopinSoloRomantic
36 Waltz, Op. 64, No.3 in A-flatChopinSoloRomantic
37 Waltz, Op. 69, No.1 in A-flatChopinSoloRomantic
38 Waltz, Op. 70, No.2 in F minorChopinSoloRomantic
39 Waltz, Op. 70, No.3 in D-flatChopinSoloRomantic
40 Waltz, Op. Posth. in E minorChopinSoloRomantic
41 Waltzes - from 36 Original Dances D365SchubertSoloClassical
42 Wine Women and Song - Waltz Op 333Strauss-Johann2OrchestraRomantic
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