Waltz

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  • Waltz
    • Started in Vienna, in Austria
      • The first ones were written in 1790
    • They were played by the large orchestras that were standard in the Romantic period
      • There was a lot of brass and woodwind used, as well as more unusual instruments like piccolos
      • The percussion section had a big variety of instruments, like timpani, tambourine, triangle and snare drum
        • There was a lot of brass and woodwind used, as well as more unusual instruments like piccolos
    • Waltzes got very popular, and spread into operas and ballets
      • People also like to play them at home on the piano. Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and Weber all wrote waltzes for playing at home
    • Composers
  • The Music
    • Waltz
      • Started in Vienna, in Austria
        • The first ones were written in 1790
      • They were played by the large orchestras that were standard in the Romantic period
        • The percussion section had a big variety of instruments, like timpani, tambourine, triangle and snare drum
        • Waltzes got very popular, and spread into operas and ballets
          • People also like to play them at home on the piano. Chopin, Schumann, Brahms and Weber all wrote waltzes for playing at home
        • Composers
      • The chords are mostly I, IV and V
        • The chord changes are slow so waltzes have a slow harmonic rhythm
          • To make the music more interesting, composers add appoggiaturas and chromatic notes
      • It is in triple metre (3/4) and it has an 'oom cha cha' rhythm

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