This week you will be listening to the music of Johann Strauss who was born in Vienna, Austria and lived from 1825-1899.  He became known in his lifetime as The Waltz King,   composing over 400 waltzes and other types of dance music popularizing especially the waltz in Vienna during a good portion of the nineteenth century.  Some of his most famous waltzes include, The Blue Danube Waltz, Kaiser-Walzer, and Die Fledermaus.  The excerpt I chose to post is a combination of several of his waltzes and gives you an opportunity to see people dancing the waltz.

The second post is of an arrangement of the Blue Danube Waltz for piano 4-hands and played very admirably by two students.  This music is infectious and makes one want to get up and dance around the room!