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    Question What's in a Waltz?

    Be that it may 3/4 time stressing the downbeat, what else makes a Waltz a Waltz? And, what ever happened to the Waltons? Never mind, John boy couldn't dance anyway.
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    Re: What's in a Waltz?

    A very relaxed flowingness?

    Just making stuff up here...

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    Re: What's in a Waltz?

    People have to waltz for it to be a true waltz . . . or walk across a rope way up high in the air . . .
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    Re: What's in a Waltz?

    I think the term is quite loose, and has been for a good century or more. Having be able to dance to it excludes Chopin's Minute Waltz for all except perhaps the Flash, though I'm pretty sure the term was first used to name the dance and second to name the music.

    Tchaikovsky considered the 5/4 movement of his Pathetic Symphony to be a waltz, and it sure feels like one. Of course to dance to it, it might help to have one leg shorter than the other. (with proper nod to Schickele here).

    A wrote a little waltz for piano some years ago that has several lopsided measures here and there. It's still a waltz. Just don't try to dance to it. Please. No, I mean it.
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    Re: What's in a Waltz?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skysaw
    a little waltz for piano some years ago that has several lopsided measures here and there. It's still a waltz. Just don't try to dance to it. Please. No, I mean it.

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    Re: What's in a Waltz?

    waltz is an anglo-croatian-austrian- italian-latin word for sexz

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    Re: What's in a Waltz?

    Waltzing Matilda is in 2/4 time.Why is that?
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    Re: What's in a Waltz?

    Quote Originally Posted by newmewzikboy
    waltz is an anglo-croatian-austrian- italian-latin word for sexz
    Shhhhhhhhhh!
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    Re: What's in a Waltz?

    Quote Originally Posted by Skysaw
    Tchaikovsky considered the 5/4 movement of his Pathetic Symphony to be a waltz, and it sure feels like one. Of course to dance to it, it might help to have one leg shorter than the other. (with proper nod to Schickele here).
    Perhaps the stress on one and four?
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    Re: What's in a Waltz?

    Because Matilda was a one legged whore out of Stratford

    Quote Originally Posted by joaz
    Waltzing Matilda is in 2/4 time.Why is that?
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