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The Waltz

Painted by an artist by the name of Zoffoli during the Rococo or Late Baroque era, this nostalgic reproduction of a slice-of-life of high society in Central Europe sometime before the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars swept through the continent, is a fascinating glimpse of the origins of that most enduring dance; the . As little is known about this enigmatic artist, it is possible to presume that he was an Italian court painter serving Austro-Hungarian high society in the late 1700s. Indeed, the Waltz itself is an Austro-Hungarian folk dance with very deep roots. At that time, a fife and drum set the rhythm and accompanying dancers sang while spinning together as couples. As the descendent of a much older Germanic dance enjoyed in the village fetes or in the local inn, the Waltz emerged from the humble echelons of society into the glamour and decadence of courtly life. The original instruments used were an early form of diatonic accordion, mouth organ, zither, and dulcimer, which would have sounded to modern ears much more like the folk music of the Balkans does today.

The dance became firmly ingrained in social life first in the great Baroque city of Vienna after it was danced on the stage during an opera by the great Spanish composer Vicente Martín y Soler in 1786. Over the next ten years the dance reached the aristocracy and literary circles of Paris and London, drawing heavy criticism for its apparent immorality. When Mozart's first Waltzes appeared in 1787 the dance became firmly lodged in the mainstream and remained there until the middle of the twentieth-century. It is likely that Zoffoli's figurative reproduction The Waltz dates from this time. As the ravages and upheavals of the French Revolution resonated across Europe the dance became representative for the aristocratic order of the glory of days long departed.

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The Waltz A. Zoffoli

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