Intermediate Waltzes

December 25, 2017, 7:43 AM · So there is an event next year my parents are having with a bunch of friends. A lot of them love dancing. The musicians we know are going to be playing.
And I thought, perhaps I should learn a few waltzes for the occasion.
BUT I can't find any unaccompanied, intermediate level waltzes for the violin that aren't Tchaikovsky.
I don't care if they're not technically "waltzes," so long as they can be danced to. Do you know some good ones?
By the way, I can transpose, so it doesn't have to be arranged for violin.
Thanks in advance.

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Edited: December 25, 2017, 11:00 AM · I found this at IMSLP.org:

http://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/1/1a/IMSLP63800-PMLP130071-Fuchs_op.092_Walzer_for_Violin_and_Piano_Robi.pdf

If an ensemble wanted to play the others could read off the piano score.

There may be other classical dance music at IMSLP.org - it's worth looking, there are at least 4,000 composers represented and hundreds of thousands of published (but out of copyright) compositions.

This:
http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:Dances
will link to to 10,971 dances at IMSLP.org

December 25, 2017, 8:24 AM · I don't think you're going to find any waltz arrangements that are specifically intended to be unaccompanied, so you'll need to play the melody parts, filling in or skipping over any places where the piano plays alone.

http://imslp.org/wiki/12_Waltzes_for_Violin_and_Piano,_Op.92_(Fuchs,_Robert)

The first violin parts to any Strauss waltzes (some are easier than others, and since every waltz is composed of several smaller waltzes, you could choose only those that you find comfortable to play). These are available on imslp.org.

The Brahms waltz in Suzuki book 2.


Edited: December 25, 2017, 8:57 AM · Go to https://thesession.org/, click on Tunes, select Waltzes and you will be presented with several hundred. They are generally intended to played unaccompanied for dancing in informal settings such as ceilis, and the harmonic structures are straightforward enough for easy accompaniments if desired. The tunes are not technically demanding. On thesession.org you can download/print for free good quality sheet music of every tune you're interested in.
December 25, 2017, 8:48 AM · Thank you all!
December 25, 2017, 11:01 AM · I think you could get away with playing Kreisler waltzes (Liebeleid, Liebesfreud, Schoen Ros.) unaccompanied? Not sure where you find the printed 'notes' for less famous Schrammelmusik, as they call it in Vienna.
December 25, 2017, 11:12 AM · http://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/7/7b/IMSLP345653-SIBLEY1802.12048.f70d-39087012843324score.pdf
December 25, 2017, 12:03 PM · The earliest waltzes for the Vienna cafe/dance-hall culture were the string quartets (3 violins + bass !) of Josef Lanner. They are in a strictly melody-accompaniment texture and can easily be arranged for piano-violin or guitar-violin duets, practical for informal dance events. The later waltzes of J. Strauss Jr. are more complex, less practical. There are also some interesting waltzes from Peru or Mexico.
Edited: December 25, 2017, 12:48 PM · Interesting contributions from Andrew and Joel, thanks (though I am not the OP). I suppose this kind of music is the town cousin of Laendler Waltzes which Schubert wrote or wrote down.

It only hit me when I started spending a lot of time in Austria how much the first Viennese school was influenced by and built on folk music from that area. The related point about the influence of a range of musical styles in the air is made in a recent 'In our time' BBC radio programme about Beethoven.

Some of the traditional tunes are collected at http://www.volksmusik.cc, a site I discovered when looking for the notes for 'Wann i amal stirb', sung at the end of the Gulda's masterful piano exploration of that tradition in 'Geschischten aus den Golowinerwald' (on Youtube and worth 20 minutes of any musicician's time).


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