By the Beautiful Blue Danube Opus 314
Johann Strauss (II)
Up 13. Highest position since 2011. 1st of 2 entries for Johann Strauss Junior this year.
By the Beautiful Blue Danube demonstrates that Johann Strauss the younger deserved his nickname 'King of the Waltz'. Given its popularity today, it's surprising to consider that By the Beautiful Blue Danube was by no means an instant hit. This piece of music, so indelibly linked with the city of Vienna, first found favour in Paris after Viennese audiences had slightly turned their noses up at it.
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