Famous Artists and their Circles 10 : Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Strauss

Johann Strauss (1825-1899), Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893).

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Ring games have been played throughout the world since ancient times. By dancing and singing together we connect to what is universal, reaffirming our common humanity and establishing community. Other popular ring games that have been enjoyed down the ages are Ring-a-ring-a-roses and Here we go round the mulberry bush.

In the 19th century, one of the most popular dances of the ballroom and theatre was the waltz, a light, gliding dance whose name comes from the German ‘walzen’ meaning ‘to revolve’. This dance is always in triple time, which means the music has three beats in a bar (the performers count to three over and over again).

Composers of famous waltzes include Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893), and Johann Strauss (1825-1899). Strauss wrote so many he became known as “the Waltz King.”

Here are examples of their work: though each is a waltz, there are many differences in the way they are written and performance. Can you spot them?

Chopin: Minute Waltz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKILwVH_MdM

Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKcZL8q1eBw

Strauss Blue Danube Waltz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDaJ7rFg66A


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