Metal Discs

Metal disc No. 8029 J. Strauss II “An der schönen blauen Donau”

    Metal disc No. 8029 J. Strauss II “An der schönen blauen Donau”

    Germany, Leipzig

    The 1900s

    Composer: Strauss, Johann II, Orphenion - Musikwerke Seiler, Müller & Hensch

    Steel; presswork, printing, oxidation, varnishing

    Diameter 66 cm

    On the face side: “No8029”/An der schönen blauen Donau/The beautiful blue Danube/Le beau Danube bleu/trademark “J. Strauss”


    "On beautiful blue Danube"(An der schönen blauen Donau) is one of the most famous classical musical pieces, the waltz by Johann Strauss II (op. 314), written in 1866. This waltz is somewhat of an unofficial Austrian anthem and is traditionally performed an encore during the Vienna New Year Concert.
    The waltz was originally composed for the Vienna Choral Society. The Choral Society poet Joseph Weil wrote words to the music. The premiere took place on February 13, 1867 at the Dumba Palast and got a tepid reception from the Viennese audience. Strauss said after the concert, "Hell with the waltz, but I feel sorry for the coda - I hoped it was successful". Next time the same year in the same, Strauss presented purely instrumental version of the waltz at the International Exposition in Paris, and this performance had tremendous success. The waltz was issued in millionth copies. Johannes Brahms, having a look at the notes of the waltz, wrote below the theme of the waltz for Adele Strauss, "Unfortunately, not my composition".