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I'd like to learn some of these waltzes on the piano. I'm an old beginner/intermediate player so nothing too advanced. Can you suggest a book of Strauss waltzes that is a appropriate?


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"I don't play accurately - anyone can play accurately - but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life."
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Thanks Bennevis. Looks like I'm stuck with the Petrucci library. I've already learned Anna's Polka. Just considering some more Strauss or Lanner.


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Strauss waltzes are such fun to play!

I have this book:

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Koenemann Verlagsgesellschaft, 2020 - 136 pages

I'm not sure if it's above your level insofar as it's not simplified (octaves, chords, etc) but you can always simplify if you like. It's also not likely to be on IMSLP because it's a current publication, but I rely on it heavily.

Don't forget his dad, though. HUNDREDS of underappreciated waltzes from Johann Strauss Sr.!

And if you like Strauss, please do not forget to check out Emile Waldteufel. Plenty of that on IMSLP, too.

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...and not to forget Ivanovici's "Waves of the Danube" (Donauwellen) Waltzes. My own version of these is from so long ago (''Lilac" series, I believe) that I suspect it is no longer available, but there are usually versions around that are also fun to play and unlikely to be beyond your skill level.

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While not Strauss, if you like waltzes I would highly recommend two "modern" waltzes that are a delight.
The first would be And the Waltz Goes On, by Sir Anthony Hopkins
The Second would be The theme from Howl's Moving Castle, The Merry Go Round of Life.

https://youtu.be/G1mWfvbcjcI

https://youtu.be/M57Fi19vcSI


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Originally Posted by jshelton
I'd like to learn some of these waltzes on the piano. I'm an old beginner/intermediate player so nothing too advanced. Can you suggest a book of Strauss waltzes that is a appropriate?
If you enjoy waltzes for listening pleasure may I suggest a wonderful CD recording of the transcriptions of the famous waltz by my teacher Muen Wei. This is a fabulous recording of some of the more difficult transcriptions but all beautifully done and you rarely have the transcriptions in one CD. Ian Hobson apparently gave her feedback throughout the recording of all these pieces and I enjoy it very much that I want to share it with you and anyone who loves waltzes.

https://www.amazon.com/Im-3-Takt-Muen-Wei/dp/B07Y994S64


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Originally Posted by petebfrance
...and not to forget Ivanovici's "Waves of the Danube" (Donauwellen) Waltzes. My own version of these is from so long ago (''Lilac" series, I believe) that I suspect it is no longer available, but there are usually versions around that are also fun to play and unlikely to be beyond your skill level.

I play that Ivanovici waltz, too! I got it out of an old book called "World's Favorite Waltzes". It's lovely.

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...and not to forget Ivanovici's "Waves of the Danube" (Donauwellen) Waltzes. My own version of these is from so long ago (''Lilac" series, I believe) that I suspect it is no longer available, but there are usually versions around that are also fun to play and unlikely to be beyond your skill level.

I play that Ivanovici waltz, too! I got it out of an old book called "World's Favorite Waltzes". It's lovely.
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This thread has prompted me to order the Dover book of arrangements of J.Strauss Jr.'s waltzes, polkas etc, which I just received this morning, and played through during my lunch break (in lieu of haggis and deep-fried Mars bar wink ).

Definitely worth having, containing as it does all the favorite waltzes, polkas, polka-mazurkas, galops and quadrilles by J.Strauss II (100 of them), even if only for enjoyable sight-reading, especially if you have a sweet tooth (as I have: gimme gourmet choc and I'll happily devour it anytime of the day or night 24/7). I might have to resort to entertaining myself by playing the waltzes and polkas myself on New Year's Day 2021, if the annual New Year's Day Concert from Vienna isn't happening.......

Incidentally, though you need to be at least of late-intermediate standard to play the arrangements as scored in that book, the music is pretty easy to simplify on the fly - just change all the octaves and big chords to single notes, ditto for the thirds and sixths in RH.


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