Waltz music

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.
Popular composers Ludwig van Beethoven  ·  Frédéric Chopin  ·  Franz Schubert  ·  Johannes Brahms  ·  Franz Liszt  ·  Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky  ·  Claude Debussy  ·  Camille Saint-Saëns  ·  Antonín Dvořák  ·  Johann Strauss Jr  ·  Maurice Ravel  ·  Sergei Prokofiev  ·  Richard Wagner  ·  Jules Massenet  ·  Erik Satie  ·  Hector Berlioz  ·  Cécile Chaminade  ·  Isaac Albéniz  ·  Max Reger  ·  Agustin Barrios Mangore  ·  Niccolò Paganini  ·  Carl Maria von Weber  ·  Alexander Scriabin  ·  Carl Czerny  ·  Stephen Foster  ·  Enrique Granados  ·  Scott Joplin  ·  Louis Spohr  ·  César Cui  ·  Moritz Moszkowski  ·  Aleksandr Glazunov  ·  Bedřich Smetana  ·  Reynaldo Hahn  ·  Mauro Giuliani  ·  Francisco Tárrega  ·  Ferruccio Busoni  ·  Stephen Heller  ·  Fernando Sor  ·  Friedrich Kuhlau  ·  Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély  ·  Louis Moreau Gottschalk  ·  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ·  Joachim Andersen  ·  Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka  ·  Joachim Raff  ·  Sigfrid Karg-Elert  ·  Gabriel Pierné  ·  Florent Schmitt  ·  Matteo Carcassi  ·  Charles-Marie Widor
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