In 1814/15 the Viennese waltz was often danced during the Congress of Vienna and turned into to a social event in Vienna. After the Napoleonic wars, Europe was restored to its former structures and negotiations were held in Vienna. Besides of the negotiations a lot of waltzing events took place. Not for nothing, the famous saying “The Congress dances, but it does not move on”, arose.
During the Biedermeier period, Vienna definitely became the capital of waltz music in Europe. The Viennese waltz gained acceptance and popularity.
Johann Strauss, the elder founded the Strauss dynasty and composed mainly waltzes. However, he is better known for his march music, such as the well-known Radetzky March, a tribute to General Radetzky. Joseph Lanner, together with Johann Strauss, the elder , is regarded as the founder of the Viennese waltz.
Later, the waltz is brought to its highest perfection by the Strauss sons Johann, Josef and Eduard. Through concert tours he is carried to America. Johann Strauss Sohn (1825-1899) went down in history as the “Waltz King”. His tours took him to Russia and even to America.
His most famous work is the Danube Waltz, which was premiered in February 1867 in today’s Dianabad. The nine-minute original Version of the Danube waltz must not be missed in any New Year’s Eve. In Vienna People dance traditionally to the sounds of the Danube waltz into the New Year The danube waltz is also on the program at the New Year’s Concert and is considered the unofficial anthem of Austria.