When learning the Viennese waltz it can be difficult to locate Viennese music of the proper tempo with which to practice. Most classical recording of Strauss waltzes are at concert tempos that are too fast and irregular for waltzing, let alone learning to dance. Conversely, most ballroom dance recordings are pop or easy listening arrangements that would cause anyone with classical music sensibilities to cringe.

Consequently, we have posted several piano recordings of Strauss waltzes and polkas that were performed at uniform tempos for students who are learning the Viennese waltz and polka. Each of these recordings is at a successively faster tempo, except for the last waltz, which has a gradual tempo acceleration from the beginning to the end.

Although these are not concert quality performances, they should be more than adequate for those who wish to practice coming up to tempo.

Please feel free to download and make copies of these mp3 files for your personal use. You may also freely share these with others.


Title Tempo Length
Wine Women, and Song 120 bpm 4:50
Voices of Spring 132 bpm 3:43
Enjoy Life (1st half) 144 bpm 4:48
Enjoy Life (2nd half) 156 bpm 6:08
Artists Life (1st half) 180 bpm 4:37
Artists Life (2nd half) 180 bpm 4:21
On the Beautiful Blue Danube (1st half) 120-180 bpm 4:34


Title Tempo Length
Carnival in Rome 100 bpm 2:38
You're Welcome 110 bpm 3:19
Die Fledermaus 124 bpm 2:40