There weren't many things that shocked Lord George Byron, but one of them was the waltz. When in Vienna he saw couples "clasped in each others arms" and he thought that society was tumbling down. Not everyone was so affected; one doctor prescribed the dance as a method of stirring up the blood and providing exercise. At the height of the waltz craze there where huge halls that conveniently had rooms for expectant mothers to give birth in and other rooms to give young women their start towards motherhood.
On the Piano this Sunday I continue with the dances that we broadcast earlier "live from Vienna" with a program that traces the waltz from one of its earliest practitioners of the dance to those that composed in lilting 3/4 time in the twentieth century.
It's Waltz Fever on the Piano this Sunday afternoon at 5 on KPAC and KTXI.
host, Randy Anderson