Musical Form: Classical & Romantic Eras: Waltz

A waltz, probably deriving from German Ländler, is dance music in triple meter, and if written, often written in time signature 3/4. A waltz typically sounds one chord per measure, and the accompaniment style particularly associated with the waltz is (as seen in the example to the right) to play the root of the chord on the first beat, the upper notes on the second and third beats.



C. M. v Weber: Invitation to the Dance

Strauss II: The Blue Danube Waltz

Chopin: Waltz in D-flat major, Op. 64, No. 1 “Minute Waltz”

Valentina Lisitsa, Piano

Sibelius: Valse triste (Sad Waltz), Op. 44, No. 1

Valse triste is an unusually slow, even morbid example of a waltz for full orchestra.

Ravel: Valses nobles et sentimentales

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