"The Destiny waltz, the Blue Danube, the Merry Widow"
Fascination Valse (1911)
Public DomainFascination Valse (1911) - Credit: Leo Rauth

The Destiny Waltz was composed by Sydney Baynes (1879-1938), an English conductor, composer and bandleader. It was first published in 1912 and became an enormous hit.

The Blue Danube is the commonly-used English title for the waltz known in German as An der Schönen blauen Donau ('By the Beautiful Blue Danube'), which was composed by Johann Strauss II in 1866. It is very much a symbol of Austria and is invariably played as an encore at the annual New Year's Day concert performed by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

The Merry Widow Waltz is part of an operetta by Franz Lehár called The Merry Widow , which is known in German as Die lustige Witwe. The operetta was premiered in 1905, and continues to be a popular choice for performing and recording.

Listen here on Spotify to the Destiny Waltz.

Listen here on Spotify to The Blue Danube. 

Listen here on Spotify to the Merry Widow Waltz.