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Valse Bleue by Alfred Margis (French)

What a simply beautiful waltz – please listen to this link – and when you perform it – please add the little slow downs and speed ups (Rubato). AND listen to the dynamics – a beautiful song for any occasion.

Listen – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbyehawUON4

Link – valse_bleue’

About the Song (from the above link)

The waltz developed from a peasant dance in Bavaria. The waltz gained prominence in Vienna during the 19th century with the Strauss family. It later spread to Germany, France and England. The prominence of the waltz ended with world war 1. However, the music remained popular as a form of light music. The waltz has become possibly the most romantic and intimate of dance music, evolving from the fast Viennese waltzes to the slow waltzes of the 20th century. Many of the waltzes featured here were popular and considered gems in their hey day. But as with most light or popular music, they have mostly fallen into oblivion and their composers largely forgotten. Some of these waltzes would do with a revival, and most would continue to evoke the old-world charm of a bygone era – the age of romance and the waltz.

Alfred Margis (1874 — 1913) was a French composer and pianist, famous for his songs and piano miniatures. He wrote several waltzes named after colours, like Valse Bleue, Valse Rose, Valse Blanche, and Valse Mauve.

 

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