André Rieu’s version of “The Blue Danube” will make you fall in love with Strauss’s 1866 masterwork. The Blue Danube, or as it is known in German, as “By The Beautiful Blue Danube,” was written by Johann Strauss II and performed first for a concert by the Vienna Men’s Choir Association.
Strauss loved it, though it initially wasn’t a success. How crazy is that? Yes, the composer himself actually said of the first performance, “The devil take the waltz, my only regret is for the coda—I wish that had been a success!”
For those unfamiliar with André Rieu, he’s a violinist who has made Strauss’ waltz his business, touring with a performance of the waltz that has wooed so many. Enjoy the dance below!