Favorite Waltz Music

#1
I've always had a difficult time finding Waltz music that is exciting and inspirational. Too often the music sounds goofy or sad or elevator.

There are a couple that I really like now:

Nocturne and Papillon

There are several different versions of both of these that are good, but my version of Papillon is by the Olympic Standard Orchestra and Nocturne is Dancelife feat Bodane.
 
#2
I would be very interested in this as well. Being a non-traditionalist, I don't hate traditional waltz music, just prefer something a bit different or a bit more modern.

Looking forward to replies.
 
#3
My list

I do a lot of waltz, even contra waltz, so some of my choices reflect the few times I've been to vintage dances and danced to some of their music.

On my personal waltz playlist (or list of favorites):
Open Arms by Journey
Rainbow Connection (yes, the one with Kermit singing)
Is It You (Shrek soundtrack), covered by Casaphon (Ballroom Fantasy)
If You Don't Know Me By Now
Que Sera Sera (the version by Pink Martini is really cool)
Lover's Waltz by Ungar and Mason (found on James Galway's A Song of Home)

Viennese waltz favorites
Amelie waltz
Once Upon a December (Anastacia soundtrack), covered by Casaphon (Ballroom Swing I think), but the original is a favorite
Piano Man by Billy Joel
Oh Jean by the Proclaimers (if you really like dancing VW)
Erin Shore waltz by The Coors (really one of my favorites, especially after the drum section... if you don't feel inspired and uplifted after that)
 
#4
Two wonderful Waltzs . . . both by Secret Garden:

"Greenwaves" from Once in a Red Moon

"Serenade to Spring" from Songs from A Secret Garden

Both are extremely moving, and beautiful ... great for showcases!
 

tsb

Well-Known Member
#5
if you want different, try baka beyond's meeting of tribes off their 'the meeting pool' album. the tempo is a little fast, but a lot of energy with the african drums.
 

Medira

New Member
#6
*bump!*

I'm looking for waltz music that can be fun to choreograph a full (3-ish minute) routine to...and I haven't found anything that really rings my bell yet.

Suggestions?
 
#7
Medira said:
*bump!*

I'm looking for waltz music that can be fun to choreograph a full (3-ish minute) routine to...and I haven't found anything that really rings my bell yet.

Suggestions?
I don't have clips for this CD (contemplating on getting one myself). But I remember there are a couple of really nice waltzes & very different (instrumental pieces, no vocal) in "The Last Summer" by Artemy Savchenko. You can buy it on dancesport-international.com

The only clip I found on the web was not good - it was the showpiece version of The Last Summer on one of the ballroom CDs. I think I like Snow White (first song) & the Nocturne better on that CD.

If anyone has this CD, would you please be so kind to make a few 10 sec clips for us to preview? :) :) :)
 
#8
"Once You Had Gold" by Enya is a beautiful slow waltz. We used in once for a demonstration. It does have some subtle tempo changes that can be tricky, but it is worth the effort.
 

Medira

New Member
#9
VTDancer said:
"Once You Had Gold" by Enya is a beautiful slow waltz. We used in once for a demonstration. It does have some subtle tempo changes that can be tricky, but it is worth the effort.
Oooh, I love music that isn't just strict tempo. It makes the dance so much more interesting. I wonder if he could handle it...

Thanks for the suggestion!

Keep them coming people. :)
 

tsb

Well-Known Member
#10
Try david sanborn's cover of randy newman's "same girl": sad, lots of rubato. but it's only about 2:15... there are vocal covers that also might work, trina broussard & holly cole come to mind, or the original version on "welcome to paradise" (1983)
 

Joe

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#12
You really should buy Secret Garden's "Earthsongs" CD. Try to get the import version which has (I think) 3 tracks no included in the US version.
 
#14
That one they had on DWTS tonight for the "smooth waltz" was nice. I've heard it before, but it's been awhile since I have.

*heads off to find it and burn it*

ThreeStep
(burning man)
 
#16
ThreeStep said:
That one they had on DWTS tonight for the "smooth waltz" was nice. I've heard it before, but it's been awhile since I have.

*heads off to find it and burn it*

ThreeStep
(burning man)
"You Light up my Life" performed by pretty much anybody you can think of. ;) :)
 
#19
ThreeStep said:
No, that was last week's waltz. Last night it was something different.
Erm...I think we're talking about two different shows. I thought you meant "Dancing With the Stars" (the Dance-off), which I saw, whereas I think you're talking about "So You Think You Can Dance", which I missed and forgot to tape. So I can't help you there...
 

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