History and Characteristics of Waltz
Colorful, flowing ballgowns! Tails! Weddings! Beautiful music! Strong Melodies! The Waltz was the first music to be written in 3/4 timing. Most Waltzes were originally written for the church. The three beats in a measure were to represent the Holy Trinity. Examples include such popular hymns as Away in the Manger and Amazing Grace. Waltz comes from the old German word waltzen, meaning to roll or turn.
Waltz is written in 3 beats per measure. Listen for Heavy 2, 3 – Brush 2, 3.