The blue Danube, Op. 314

An der schönen blauen Donau (By the beautiful blue Danube), Op. 314, a.k.a. The blue Danube is a waltz by Johann Strauss II, composed in 1866 and premiered the following year. It has become one of the most consistently popular pieces of music in the classical repertoire. Its initial performance was only a mild success. After the original music was written, the words were added by the Choral Association's poet, Joseph Weyl. Strauss adapted it into a purely orchestral version for the World's Fair in Paris that same ... more

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