Sunday, December 30, 2012

Sunday Morning Classics: The Blue Danube Waltz.

As this will be the final Sunday Morning Classics of 2012 I wanted to go out with a piece of classical music that connected with the bringing in of a new year, a piece of music that has a real connection to the holiday. Well, as fate would have it there really isn't any...of any kind...anywhere. So as a "Plan B" I decided to find something that had at least some connection to New Year's Eve. After a bit of thinking it dawned on me, "Das Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker." I obvious right.

For those not in the know, the New Year's Concert of the Vienna Philharmonic takes place on the morning of January 1st in Vienna, Austria in the "Golden Hall' (the image above, stunning isn't it) of the home of the Philharmonic, the Musikverein and is perhaps the biggest classical music event of the year. It is in terms of its international coverage the largest classical music event in the world being broadcast around the world to an estimated audience of 50 million in 73 countries. Each year I am pleased to have counted myself as one of those 50 million for many years.

The music always includes pieces from the Strauss family—Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II, Josef Strauss and Eduard Strauss—with occasional music from other mainly Austrian composers. There are traditionally about a dozen compositions played which include waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, and marches. Of the encores, the first is often a fast polka. The second is Johann Strauss II's waltz The Blue Danube, whose introduction is interrupted by applause of recognition and a New Year greeting from the musicians to the audience. And it is this piece that I've picked for our final Sunday Morning Classics of 2013. This is from the 2011 concert and is conducted by Franz Welser-Möst. As many times before this is a piece that you have probably heard many time but never knew what it was. If you enjoyed it before I do hope that will enjoy it again.

Best to you and your in the new year.


5th and State said...

lovely and timely

wishes for a splendid 2013 brion


Garden, Home and Party said...

How is it that I'm just now discovering your site? Thanks to my good blog friend, Debra (5th and State), I found your lovely site and tumblr. I'm flattered beyond words that you have my site listed on your blog roll. I've subscribed and look forward to perusing your archives in both your tumblr site and blog site.

Brion R. Judge said...

Thank you Debra, I though it appropriate. With hopes that your new year is wonderful as well.

Brion R. Judge said...


I would imagine it is because I usually toil in the blog wastelands, where few readers ever tread. Debra's mention of my little blog has been quite a boon for me. It is always so good to hear someome appreciates Bastion & Lark and CONNOISSEUR, thank you so very much.

I've had Garden, Home and Party on the roll for some time now actually and quite happily so. I try to keep the roll to blogs that I feel are genuine and a labour of love by the author. Yours most definitely fit those criteria.

I hope you enjoy the archives of both...and future posts of course.

Best to you and your in the new year.

Brion R. Judge

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