Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Sounds of the MetropolisThe 19th Century Popular Music Revolution in London, New York, Paris and Vienna$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Derek B. Scott

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195309461

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309461.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 19 October 2019

A Revolution on the Dance Floor, a Revolution in Musical Style

A Revolution on the Dance Floor, a Revolution in Musical Style

The Viennese Waltz

(p.117) 5 A Revolution on the Dance Floor, a Revolution in Musical Style
Sounds of the Metropolis

Derek B. Scott

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines evidence for the claim that the 19th-century Viennese version of the waltz stimulated the development of a revolutionary kind of popular music that created a schism between entertainment music (Unterhaltungsmusik) and serious music (Ernste Musik). Lanner and Strauss, especially the latter, saw the possibility of a popular revolution in music and created a style that was often consciously at odds with the art music of its time. It was a style that gave new meaning to entertainment music: the thesis here being that the concept of the “popular” began to embrace, for the first time, not only the musicés reception, but also the presence of specific features of style. This chapter analyzes the musical features that appear in the Viennese waltz and examines the sociocultural context of its reception.

Keywords:   business, city, class, dance, dancing, Lanner, Strauss, style, Unterhaltungsmusik, Ernste, Vienna

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .