Viennese Waltz Ride

Meet Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Strauss Son in person! In the colourful Waltz Ride you will enjoy the lightness of ball life at the time of the Congress of Vienna in 1814/15.  Be enchanted by the most famous works of the Austrian composers. Find out which composers founded Viennese Classicism and why Vienna became the capital of classical music in Europe until nowadays. Relax at Time Travel to the sounds of the Danube Waltz, the secret hymn of Austria.

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Background information Viennese Waltz

The Viennese waltz comes from the word waltz, which means turning and grinding. It was created in the last quarter of the 18th century in the Bavarian-Austrian region. It is a dance in the three quarter time for couples and a preform of the "rural dancing". The male dancer and the female dancer bounce and turn.

At first the waltz was heavily criticized because it was immoral, too fast and too tight. In particular, the waltz with reverse turn was questioned, especially because of the intimate contact of the couples. In 1814-15 the waltz became a social event and was often danced through the time of the Viennese Congress.

Around 1820 the Viennese Waltz was brought to the highest perfection by the grand master Johann Strauss father and Josef Lanner, as well as later by the Strauss sons Johann, Josef and Eduard. The waltz was carried to America through concert tours.

The classic Viennese Waltz is still danced with left turn and is considered the "most Viennese" of all dances. The Viennese Waltz is danced as one of the five standard dances worldwide on standard tournaments. He also takes a special position on balls and redouts.

In Austria the New Year is initiated with the “Danube waltz”. He is not to be missed at the traditional New Year's concert and the opera ball.

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