The Wonderful Waltz, Part 2

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Why do we dance? Researchers are exploring which musical elements create physical responses to music  People have been dancing the waltz for centuries. (Wikipedia Commons)

The waltz first took root in Vienna and soon spread across Europe, becoming the dance craze of the 19th century. In the second segment of his four-part exploration into the form, David Dubal follows its progression as it twirled across the piano keys of Europe from Russia to France and back again to the Vienna of Johann Strauss II. 

Program Playlist:

Khachatourian/Soline/Katsaris: Valse from the incidental music “Masquerade”
Cyprien Katsaris, piano
Piano 21

Delibes: Waltz from the Ballet Coppélia (arr. Dohnányi)
Ilona Prunyi, piano
Hungaroton Record

Poulenc: Valse-Improvisation sur le nom de Bach
Olivier Cazal, piano

Rebikov: Christmas Tree Waltz
Vladimir Leyetchkiss, piano

Tchaikovsky: Paraphrase on the Flower Waltz (arr. Grainger)
Martin Jones, piano
Nimbus Records

Hough: Waltz from Suite R.B.
James Giles, piano
Albany Records

Moszkowski: Valse in E major
Arthur Loesser, piano

Glazunov: Waltz in D major
David Dubal, piano

Guarnieri: Valse No. 9 “Calmo”
Camargo Guarnieri, piano
Instituto Casa Brasil de Cultura

Strauss: Wein, Weib und Gesang (arr. Godowsky)
Shura Cherkassky, piano
EMI/Philips/Decca/Deutche Gramaphon

Comments [1]

Linda Gendell from Whitestone, NY

Wow! I just heard Mr. Dubal say that anybody who did not like Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker was not to be trusted. I am a classically trained ballet dancer and worked for many years as a dancer. I guess I am one of the few who never liked this ballet and never considered the music the best of Tchaikovsky. And, I consider myself trustworthy!!

Mar. 20 2016 10:36 PM

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