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The Viennese Waltz – Played, Danced, and Sung
Performing arts throughout Austria, inscribed 2017

  • Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester

The Viennese waltz is a component of numerous rituals in the life of Austrian society: the strains of the The Blue Danube mark the first moments of the new year, Viennese balls are opened with a waltz preceded by the traditional proclamation “Alles Walzer”, and in many regions of the country, the ”bride’s waltz” is an element of wedding celebrations that goes without saying. The special techniques and mode of interpretation associated with the Viennese waltz are passed on in choirs as well as in symphony orchestras and dance orchestras.


Walter Reitbauer
1030 Wien



[Translate to EN:] Die Walzerfabrik - Strauss Söhne Ausschnitte
[Translate to EN:] Johann Strauss Sohn Wiener Blut Walzer

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