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André Rieu – The Beautiful Blue Danube

The Blue Danube, Op 314 Johann Strauss II in HD – unofficial Austrian national anthem! : make music part of your life series

The Blue Danube, Op 314 Johann Strauss II in HD – unofficial Austrian national anthem!

The Blue Danube is the common English title of An der schönen blauen Donau, Op. 314 (German for By the Beautiful Blue Danube), a waltz by the Austrian composer Johann Strauss II, composed in 1866. Originally performed 15 February 1867 at a concert of the Wiener Männergesangsverein (Vienna Men’s Choral Association), it has been one of the most consistently popular pieces of music in the classical repertoire. Its initial performance was only a mild success however and Strauss is reputed to have said “The devil take the waltz, my only regret is for the coda—I wish that had been a success!”

After the original music was written, the words were added by the Choral Association’s poet, Joseph Weyl. Strauss later added more music, and Weyl needed to change some of the words. Strauss adapted it into a purely orchestral version for the World’s Fair in Paris that same year, and it became a great success in this form. The instrumental version is by far the most commonly performed today. An alternate text by Franz von Gernerth, Donau so blau (Danube so blue), is also used on occasion. The Blue Danube premiered in the United States in its instrumental version on 1 July 1867 in New York, and in Great Britain in its choral version on 21 September 1867 in London at the promenade concerts at Covent Garden.

The specifically Viennese sentiments associated with the waltz have made it an unofficial Austrian national anthem. The waltz is traditionally broadcast by all public-law television and radio stations exactly at midnight on New Year’s Eve, and on New Year’s Day it is a customary encore piece at the annual Vienna New Year’s Concert. The first few bars are the interval signal of Österreichischer Rundfunk‘s international programs.

When Strauss’s stepdaughter, Alice von Meyszner-Strauss, asked the composer Johannes Brahms to sign her autograph-fan, he wrote down the first bars of The Blue Danube, but adding “Leider nicht von Johannes Brahms” (Alas! not by Johannes Brahms).

A typical performance lasts around 10 minutes, with the seven-minute main piece, followed by a three-minute coda.
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André Rieu – The Beautiful Blue Danube (Johann Strauss)

André Rieu & his Johann Strauss Orchestra playing “The Beautiful Blue Danube” (An der schönen blauen Donau) by composer Johann Strauss II. Recorded live at Empress Sisi’s castle; Schönbrunn Palace Vienna, Austria with dancers from the famous Austrian Elmayer Dancing School.

Clip from the DVD “André Rieu At Schönbrunn, Vienna”.
One of André’s biggest and most beautiful special ever.

01. Einzugsmarsch
02. Trumpet Voluntary
03. Auf der Jagd
04. Fächerpolonaise
05. Rosen aus dem Süden
06. Heia in den Bergen
07. G’schichten aus dem Wienerwald
08. Der dritte Mann
09. Freunde, das Leben ist lebenswert
10. Die Mädis vom Chantant
11. Die Czárdásfürstin Potpourri
12. Ohne Sorgen
13. Feuerfest
14. My Heart Will Go On
15. Wenn ich mit meinem Dackel
16. Heut’ kommen d’Engerln auf Urlaub nach Wien
17. Spiel mir das Lied von Glück und Treu
18. Kaiserwalzer
19. Ich gehör nur mir
20. An der schönen blauen Donau
21. Radetzky Marsch
22. Als flotter Geist
23. Wien du Stadt meiner Träume
24. Musik, Musik!
25. Anton aus Tirol
26. Donauwalzer
27. Strauss Party
28. Adieu, mein kleiner Gardeoffizier 

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