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The Blue Danube is the common English title of An der schönen blauen Donau op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube), a waltz by Johann Strauss the Younger, composed in 1867. Originally performed 9 February 1867 at a concert of the Wiener Männergesangsverein (Vienna Men's Choral Association), it has been one of the most consistently popular pieces of music in the classical repertoire. Its initial performance was only a mild success, however, and Strauss is reputed to have said, "The devil take the waltz, my only regret is for the coda—I wish that had been a success." The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The Danube (ancient Danuvius, ancient Greek Istros) is the longest river of the European Union and Europes second-longest[3] (after the Volga). ... A waltz (German: , Italian: , French: , Catalan: ) is a ballroom and folk dance in   time, done primarily in closed position. ... Johann Strauss II The Waltz King coming to life in the Stadtpark, Vienna Johann Strauss II (German: Johann Strauß (Sohn), Johann Strauss (son); in English also Johann Strauss the Younger, Johann Strauss Jr. ... February 9 is the 40th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Cunt BAg Twat Fuk suck my penis ring 0778851865!!!!!!Year 1867 (MDCCCLXVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... Coda sign Coda (Italian for tail; from the Latin cauda), in music, is a passage which brings a movement or a separate piece to a conclusion through prolongation. ...

The waltz originally had an accompanying song text written by Josef Weyl. Strauss adapted it into a purely orchestral version for the World's Fair in Paris that same year, and it became a great success in this form. The instrumental version is by far the most commonly performed today. An alternate text by Franz von Gernerth, Donau so blau (Danube so blue), is also used on occasion. Worlds Fair is any of various large expositions held since the mid-19th century. ... City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ...

The sentimental Viennese connotations of the piece have made it into a sort of unofficial Austrian national anthem. It is a traditional encore piece at the annual Vienna New Year's Concert. A national anthem is a generally patriotic musical composition that is evoking and eulogizing the history, traditions and struggles of its people, recognized either by a nations government as the official national song, or by convention through use by the people. ... The New Year Concert (in German: Das Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker) of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is a concert that takes place each year in the morning of January 1 in Vienna, Austria. ...

The composer Johannes Brahms loved this waltz. It is reported by composer Norman Lloyd in his "Golden Encyclopedia of Music" that when asked by Frau Strauss for an autograph, Brahms autographed Mrs. Strauss's fan by writing on it the first few bars of the Blue Danube. Under it he wrote "Unfortunately not by Johannes Brahms." This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


Composition notes

The waltz starts in the key of A major with shimmering (tremolo) violins and a French horn spelling out the familiar waltz theme in a subdued mood. It rises briefly into a loud passage but quickly dies down into the same restful nature of the Introduction. A contrasting and quick phrase in D major anticipates the waltz before 3 quiet notes begin the first principal waltz melody. A major is a major scale based on A, consisting of the pitches A, B, C♯, D, E, F♯, G♯, and A. Its key signature consists of three sharps. ... The violin is a bowed string instrument with four strings tuned in perfect fifths. ... The horn is a brass instrument consisting of tubing wrapped into a coiled form. ... D major is a major scale based on D, consisting of the pitches D, E, F♯, G, A, B, C♯ and D. Its key signature consists of two sharps. ...

The first waltz theme is a gently rising 3-note motif accompanied by harps with the Viennese waltz beat accentuated at the end of each 3-note phrase. As the Waltz 1A triumphantly ends its rounds of the motif, waltz 1B is played in the same key with the genial mood still apparent. The harp is a stringed instrument which has the plane of its strings positioned perpendicular to the soundboard. ...

Waltz 2A glides in quietly (still in D major) before a short contrasting middle section in B flat major. The entire section is repeated. B flat major is a major scale based on B flat, consisting of the pitches B flat, C, D, E flat, F, G, A, and B flat. ...

A more dour waltz 3A is introduced in G major before a fleeting melodic phrase (waltz 3B). An loud Intrada is then played. Waltz 4A starts off in a romantic mood (F major) before a more joyous waltz 4B in the same key. G major is a major scale based on G, consisting of the pitches G, A, B, C, D, E, F# and G. Its key signature consists of one sharp. ... F major is a musical major scale based on F, consisting of the pitches F, G, A, Bâ™­, C, D, E, and F. Its key signature consists of one flat. ...

After another short Intrada in A major, sonorous clarinets spell out the melody of waltz 5A. Waltz 5B is the climax accompanied by cymbals. Each of these are repeated at the discretion of the performer of the waltz. Two soprano clarinets: a Bâ™­ clarinet (left) and an A clarinet (right, with no mouthpiece). ... Sabian Paragon cymbals 10-Inch (25 cm) AA Splash Cymbals (Fr. ...

The coda recalls earlier sections ( 3A and 2A ) before furious chords usher in the romantic-sounding Waltz 4A. The idyll is cut short as the waltz hurries along to the famous waltz theme again. After waltz 1A is concluded, a variation of the 3-note theme is developed before sweeping chords present the final few bars, underlined by a snare drumroll and a bright-sounding flourish. Look up coda in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... The snare drum or side drum is a tubular drum made of wood or metal with skins, or heads, stretched over the top and bottom openings, and with a set of snares (cords) strethced across the bottom head. ... A drum roll is a method a percussionist employs to produce a sustained sound on a drum. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...

The Blue Danube in popular culture

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  • In the 2001 novel Choke, the protagonist's mother tells him that playing The Blue Danube in a hotel lobby means to evacuate — "If you're ever in a big hotel lobby, and they start to play 'The Blue Danube Waltz,' get the hell out. Don't think, run"
  • In 2002 novel American Gods by Neil Gaiman it is the song that the "world's largest carousel" turns to.

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This is a Japanese name; the family name is Utada Utada Hikaru born January 19, 1983), also known by her fan-nickname of Hikki ), is a Japanese pop singer-songwriter. ... Dareka no Negai ga Kanau Koro lit. ... A waltz (German: , Italian: , French: , Catalan: ) is a ballroom and folk dance in   time, done primarily in closed position. ... Jamiroquai (A portmanteau of Jam, as in the musical sense, and iroquai, loosely based on the native American Indian tribe the Iroquois who Jay Kay admires for their philosophy and reverance of the Earth) is a Grammy Award-winning English acid jazz band. ... A Funk Odyssey was released by Jamiroquai in 2001. ... A Funk Odyssey was released by Jamiroquai in 2001. ...


  • The Blue Danube plays a pivotal role in the 1939 film Goodbye, Mr. Chips.
  • In the 1941 comedy Hold That Ghost, Lou Costello (of Abbott and Costello) and actress Joan Davis perform a comic slapstick dance to The Blue Danube.
  • It was prominently featured in the soundtrack of Stanley Kubrick's influential 1968 film 2001: A Space Odyssey.
  • Stanley Kubrick also placed the Blue Danube in the background of a World War I era party in his 1957 film Paths of Glory.
  • In the 1971 classic Harold and Maude.
  • In the 1981 Mel Brooks classic History of the World Part I, at the end for upcoming features for History of the World Part II, Hitler on Ice is shown, and Hitler ice skates to Blue Danube.
  • In the 1986 John Hughes teen-comedy Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Matthew Broderick's character Ferris is heard playing the Blue Danube on his synthesizer, but rather than producing musical notes, the synthesizer, with the aid of a computer, produces coughing, sneezing, gagging, vomiting, and flatulent sounds, all in synch to the Blue-Danube melody.
  • In the 1994 Disney film The Jungle Book (1994 film).
  • In the 1997 film, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, directed by Clint Eastwood, it is used to intensify the comedy of a scene involving a transvestite.
  • In the 1997 film Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, sound bytes of The Blue Danube are played during the genital cover-up scene" with the married Austin and Vanessa at the end of the film.
  • In the 1997 film Titanic, when Jack enters 1st Class The Blue Danube is playing softly and again on deck during the sinking.
  • In the 1999 film Dogma, during the fancy restaurant scene.
  • In the 2000 Toei Kinji Fukasaku film, Battle Royale.
  • In the 2000 film "Supersize Me", when the fat guy is getting a tripple bipass, they play the Blue Danube.
  • In the 2001 film, Hannibal. during the scene in which Mason Verger meets with Hannibal Lecter, Hans Zimmer (music composer) turned to Johann Strauss II's The Blue Danube for inspiration. The theme is gradually distorted as Mason confronts Hannibal and meets with his worst nightmares. It is played once in its original form and then progressively distorted in two further repetitions. "Originally Hannibal put on a record in this scene," reveals Zimmer. "We always imagined it would be The Blue Danube and though the shot was removed we kept Strauss playing because it matches the horror so perfectly.""
  • In the 2004 film, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, the Troubadour sings the song called "Sweet Wings of Love", with the tune of The Blue Danube.
  • In the 2004 film Super Size Me
  • In the 2005 film Tom and Jerry: Blast Off to Mars
  • In the 2005 film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Peter Sellers, while flatlining in hospital he hullucinates being on his bed in a dark void, being surrounded by all the characters he has played. The song plays and at the crescendo he imagines detonating himself and his characters, and then he is suddenly brought back to life.
  • In the 2006 film, Curious George, The Blue Danube is featured when Ted, the Man in the Yellow Hat, accidentally falls into the igloo, where the penguins live in the zoo.
  • In the 2007 Disney film Cinderella III: A Twist in Time.
  • In the 2007 British Gas Advert where lots of different flames are dancing around.

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Computer and video games

  • It is featured in the computer game Elite, played as background music by an in-game docking computer.
  • In the game The Ship, it's played on some radio[citation needed].
  • In the game RollerCoaster Tycoon, the Carousel plays the song as one of its tunes in the amusement parks you have to operate.
  • An a cappella rendition of the piece is heard during the "Totem Hokum" level in the video game Crash Twinsanity.

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  • On May 7, 1915 The Blue Danube was played by the ship's orchestra in the First Class dining saloon of the RMS Lusitania shortly before a torpedo hit the luxury liner and sank it.
  • Probably because of its close association both with Austria and space, it was played on October 4, 1991 when Austria's astronaut Franz Viehböck entered the Mir space station for the first time during the Soyuz TM-13 mission.
  • Microsoft's Space Simulator included Blue Danube in its soundtrack.

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Choral Version

The feature of "The Beautiful Blue Danube" is that the first wrote as a song for the boy's choir. The script that it wrote by Johann Strauss II is here.

Donau so blau, so schön und blau,
durch Tal und Au wogst ruhig du hin,
dich grüßt unser Wien, dien silbernes Band.
knupft Land an Land und frohliche Herzen
schlagen an deinem schonen Strand.

Weit vom Schwarzwald her eilst
du hin zum Meer,
spendest Segen allerwegen,
Ostwärts geht dein Lauf,
nimmst viel Bruder auf:
Bild der Einigkeit für alle Zeit!
Alte Burgen Seh'n nieder von den Höh'n,
grüssen gerne dich von ferne
und der Berge Kranz,
hell vom Morgen glanz,
spiegelt sich in deiner Wellen Tanz.

Die Nixen duf dem Grund,
die geben's flusternd kund,
was alles du erschaut,
seit dem über dir der Himmel blaut.
Drum schon in alter Zeit
ward dir manch Lied geweiht;
und mit dem hellsten Klang preist
immer auf's Neu dich unser Sang.

Halt'an deine Fluten bei Wien,
es liebt dich ja so sehr!
Du findest, wohin du magst zieh'n,
ein zweites Wien nicht mehr!
Hier quillt aus voller Brust
der Zauber heit'rer Lust,
und Treuer, deutscher Sinn streut
aus seine Saat von hier weithin.

Danube so blue, so bright and blue,
through vale and field you flow so calm,
our Vienna greets you, you silver stream
through all the lands you merry the heart
with your beauiful shores.

Far from the Black Forest
you hurry to the sea
giving your blessing to everything.
Eastward you flow,
welcoming your brothers,
A picture of peace for all time!
Old castles looking down from high,
greet you smiling from their steep
and craggy hilltops,
and the mountains' vistas
mirror in your dancing waves.

The mermaids from the riverbed,
whispering as you flow by,
are heard by everything
under the blue sky above.
The noise of your passing
is a song from old times
and with the brightest sounds
your song leads you ever on.

Stop your tides at Vienna,
it loves you so much!
Whenever you might look
you will find nowhere like Vienna!
Here pours a full chest
the charms of happy wishes,
and heartfelt German wishes
are flown away on your waters.


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