Tom and Jerry might look simple, but the content of the episodes is based on actual knowledge.
In the episode ‘Johann mouse’, Tom was playing the all famous ‘The Blue Danube Waltz – J. Strauss” while Jerry was dancing. This entertained people so they continued doing it.
The name of the piece might be unknown to you but the melody surely isn’t.
It is featured in movies like the Titanic
What is it exactly?
Waltz: a dance in the rhythm of three
We are used to fours in our new commercial music.
What should I know about it?
Despite being one of the most widely used and known compositions of all time, the first performance wasn’t the biggest success. Strauss blames it on the coda ‘my only regret is for the coda’ – J. Strauss
Coda: ending of a piece
He was an Austrian composer born in 1825.
He composed over 500 waltzes, polkas, quadrilles, and other types of dance music.
Polka: Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Quadrille: dance fashionable in late 18th and 19th-century Europe and its colonies.
He physically died in 1899 but his work is still alive as long as we use his compositions.
Johann Strauss isn’t mortal yet.
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