Waltz

The term 'Waltz' refers both to a traditional Austrian dance in triple time, and to the musical form which accompanies it. The waltz is almost always written in a 3/4 signature, using a harmonic rhythm of a chord per measure, with the root of the chord being played in the first beat and the remaining notes as a block on the second and third. Though notable composers had written waltzes as early as the late 18th century, they were mostly intended as dance accompaniment. The adoption of the waltz as an artistic form intended for listening only is probably marked by Chopin's sets of waltzes for piano solo. Since then, a great number of important composers have written waltzes, even outside the German sphere (for example, Maurice Ravel's 'Valses nobles et sentimentales'). Waltzes are usually considered light music, not suitable for heavily dramatic purposes.

Composers

James Bellak James Edmond Farrow Jāzeps Vītols Jean Aimé Vernier Jean-Baptiste Arban Jean-Baptiste Faure Jean-Baptiste Weckerlin Jeanne Danglas Jesús Castillo Joachim Andersen Joachim Raff Joaquim Casimiro Jr. Joaquín Espín y Guillén Johann Decker-Schenk Johann Nepomuk Hummel Johann Strauss Jr Johann Wenzel Kalliwoda Johannes Brahms John Baietti John Field John Goldthwait Adams John Valentine Eppel John Wiegand John-Henri Croisier José Balart José Comellas José de Cor-de-Lass José Ferrer Joseph Ascher Joseph Lanner Joseph Woelfl József Bloch Juan Alais Juan Pedro Esnaola Jules Cazenaud Jules Cordin Jules Daniel Jules Egghard Jules Massenet Julián Arcas Julián Santos Carrión Julio Salvador Sagreras Julius Cyriax Juliusz Zarębski Justin Clérice Juventino Rosas Karl Adolf Lorenz Karl Anton Florian Eckert Karl Michael Ziehrer Karol Szymanowski Konstantin Antipov Kostia Konstantinoff L. Thayer Chadwick Léon Boëllmann Léon Delahaye Léon Dufils Léon Waldteufel Leopold Welleba Lionel A. Alexander Louis Aubert Louis Charles Elson Louis Cramer Louis de Croze Louis Diémer Louis Eller Louis Gobbaerts Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély Louis Moreau Gottschalk Louis Sauter Louis Spohr Louis Wallis Louis-Julien Clarchies Lucien Durand Ludwig van Beethoven Ludwig Wilhelm Tepper von Ferguson Luigi Arditi M. Aledo M. Aspinall M. P. Alexander Maarten Smit Marcelo Boasso Marco Enrico Bossi Marguerite Casalonga Marie de Cournand Marie-Thérèse de Corvaïa Marius Boullard Mary Anne Roper Wragg