- The Waves of the Danube
The Danube Waves (
Romanian: "Valurile Dunării") ( [http://music.virtualromania.org/folk/songs/009.%20Valurile%20Dunarii%20-%20Iosif%20Ivanovici.mp3 listen here] ) is a waltzcomposed by Ion Ivanovici, and is perhaps the most famous Romanian tune in the world. It was performed at the 1889 Paris Exposition, and took the audience by storm.
The waltz has become widely known around the world. In the United States, it is most often known only as the
Anniversary Song, thanks to addition of words and an arrangement attributed to Al Jolson and Saul Chaplin. It is featured in the film The Jolson Story. [From James J. Fuld's Book of World-Famous Music (5th ed., 2000, pp. 622-623): Waves of the Danube]
The melody of the Waves of the Danube is well known in Korea thanks to the famous soprano
Youn Shim-Deok. It is known there as The Psalm of Death.Fact|date=October 2008
The tune was used in a film dealing with
World War IItitled "Valurile Dunării", and directed by Liviu Ciulei, was produced in Romaniain 1959.
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