Waltz Music Recordings

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.

Title Composer Instrument Period Ratings
2 Waltzes, S.126b Franz Liszt Violin Romantic
8 Valses poeticos Enrique Granados Piano Romantic
Die Kosenden, Op.128 Joseph Lanner Orchestra Romantic
Dor secreta Ernesto Nazareth Piano Early 20th Century
Estudiantina, Op. 191 Émile Waldteufel Orchestra Romantic
Etincelles, Op. 229 Émile Waldteufel Orchestra Romantic
Farewell to Piano, Anh. 15 Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Classical
Frühlingsstimme, Op. 410 Johann Strauss Jr Voice(s) and Orchestra Romantic
Grande valse brillante in E flat major, Op. 18 Frédéric Chopin Piano Romantic
Harmony Club Waltz Scott Joplin Piano Early 20th Century
La plus que lente Claude Debussy Piano Late 19th century
Mephisto Waltz no. 1, S. 514 Franz Liszt Piano Romantic
Pleasant Moments Scott Joplin Piano Romantic
Sentimental waltz, no. 6 from Op. 51 (piano and cello arr.) Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
Sentimental waltz, no. 6 from Op. 51 (piano and violin arr.) Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky Solo Instrument and Piano Romantic
Sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39 Johannes Brahms Piano 4 hands Romantic
Sixteen Waltzes, Op. 39 Johannes Brahms Piano 4 hands Romantic
Tales from the Vienna Woods, Op. 325 Johann Strauss Jr Orchestra Romantic
The blue Danube, Op. 314 Johann Strauss Jr Orchestra Romantic
Valsa lenta Henrique Oswald Piano Romantic