Beyond Victoriana is a blog about multicultural steampunk and retro-futurism—that is, steampunk outside of a Western-dominant, Eurocentric framework. All of the steampunkery here focuses on non-Western cultures, underrepresented minorities in Western histories (Asian / Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, First Nation, Hispanic, black / African), and the cultural intersection between the West and the non-West.
Wiener Blut, op. 354
Johann Strauss II
22 April, 1873
The new dedication waltz was to celebrate the wedding of the Emperor Franz Josef’s daughter Archduchess Gisela Louise Maria and Prince Leopold of Bavaria. However, the waltz was also chiefly noted by Strauss’ biographers as the début of Strauss with the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra where, for many years, the Philharmonic had dismissed any association with the ‘Waltz King’ as it had not wished to be associated with mere ‘light’ or ‘pops’ music.
I am going to take waltz lessons as soon as I settle in one spot for a little while. Watch me take Vienna by storm… some day. I’ve seen Andre Rieu twice in America. Next stop: Rieu in Europe.