This work is also known (incorrectly) as Invitation to the Waltz and Invitation à la Valse.
Year: 1819 / 1891
Difficulty: VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Carl Fischer
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print
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E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo-I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
E-flat Soprano Cornet
E-flat Horn or Alto I-II-III-IV
B-flat Tenor Horn I-II
None discovered thus far.
Invitation to the Dance (Aufforderung zum Tanz), Op. 65, J. 260, is a piano piece in rondo form written by Carl Maria von Weber in 1819. It is also well known in the 1841 orchestration by Hector Berlioz. It is sometimes called Invitation to the Waltz, but this is a mistranslation of the original.
Weber dedicated Invitation to the Dance to his wife Caroline (they had been married only a few months). He labelled the work "rondeau brillante", and he wrote it while also writing his opera Der Freischütz. It was the first concert waltz to be written: that is, the first work in waltz form meant for listening rather than for dancing. John Warrack calls it "the first and still perhaps the most brilliant and poetic example of the Romantic concert waltz, creating within its little programmatic framework a tone poem that is also an apotheosis of the waltz in a manner that was to remain fruitful at least until Ravel's choreographic poem, La valse…".
It was also the first piece that, rather than being a tune for the dancers to dance to or a piece of abstract music, was a programmatic description of the dancers themselves.
Invitation to the Dance was part of the repertoire of Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, and many other pianists.
- Program Note from Wikipedia
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Works for Winds by This Composer
- Abu Hassan Overture
- Andante and Hungarian Rondo (arr. Mitchell) (1809/c. 1990)
- Andante and Hungarian Rondo (arr. Rogers) (1809/2001)
- Andante and Hungarian Rondo (arr. Weait) (1809/1998)
- Bassoon Concerto (tr. Rogers) (1811/2021)
- Concertino (arr. Reed) (1811/1962)
- Concertino for Clarinet (arr. Lake) (1811/1924)
- Concertino for Oboe and Winds (ed. Klocker) (1809/1981)
- Concertino Op. 26 (tr. Nefs) (1811/2019)
- Concertino Op 26 for Clarinet and Band (arr. Smith) (1811/)
- Concerto for Bassoon (arr. Schmalz) (1811/1989)
- Concerto No. 1, Op. 73
- Der Freischütz Overture (arr. Moses-Tobani) (1821/1922)
- Der Freischütz Overture (arr. Sedlák) (1821/1989)
- Fantasia and Rondo (arr. Snavely) (1815/1968)
- Grand Duo Concertante (arr. Keith McDaniel)
- Hungarian Fantasy (ed. Rogers)
- Invitation to the Dance (arr. Meyrelles) (1816/1891)
- Jubel Overture (tr. Patterson) (1818)
- Marcia (arr. Wagner) (1802-03?/?)
- Oberon Overture (arr. Lake) (1826/1937)
- Oberon Overture (arr. Tobani) (1826/1898)
- Oberon Overture (tr. Hindsley) (1826/197-?)
- Overture to "Euryanthe" (arr. Weller) (1823/1888)
- Peter Schmoll (arr. Smith) (1802/1960)
- Second Concerto for Clarinet (arr. Brown) (1811/1949/1968)
- Second Concerto for Clarinet (arr. Kopetz) (1811)
- Invitation to the Dance (Weber). Wikipedia. Accessed 8 August 2023
- Weber, C.; Meyrelles, M.; Katz, S. (1891). Invitation à la Valse [score]. Carl Fischer: [New York].