Iosif Ivanovici

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Ion Ivanovici (alternatively: Jovan Ivanović, Iosif Ivanovici, Josef Ivanovich) (1845 – 28 September [O.S. 16 September] 1902) was a Romanian military band leader and composer of Transylvanian Serbian origin, best remembered today for his waltz Waves of the Danube.

Ivanovici was born in Timişoara, Habsburg Monarchy. His interest in music began after he learned to play a flute given to him when he was a child. Later, he enrolled in the 6th Army Regiment, where he also learned to play the clarinet. His talent for music soon led him to become among the best musicians in the regiment, and he continued to study with Emil Lehr, one of the most prominent musicians of the latter half of the nineteenth century. Ivanovici later became a bandmaster, and toured Romania. In 1900, he was appointed the Inspector of Military Music, a position that he held until his death next year.

Although today Ivanovici is chiefly remembered for his waltz Waves of the Danube (Donauwellen in German, Flots du Danube, in French), in his lifetime he composed over 350 dances, and his works were published by over sixty publishing houses throughout the world. In 1889, Ivanovici won the coveted march prize to mark the World Exhibition in Paris, out of 116 entries. He died in Bucharest.

His great-grandson Andrei Ivanovitch is a successful international classical pianist.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 Great Marches & Waltzes London Promenade Orchestra 1
1994 Wedding Celebrations Budapest Strauss Ensemble, István Bogár 1
1999 Meisterwerke der Klassik Various Artists 1
2011 Muzica Regelui (The King's Music) Various Artists 1
Wiener Melange Charlotte Bon, Wiener Melange 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 A Romanian Prom Concert Various Artists 1
1995 Great Waltzes Various Artists 1
1996 Les 150 plus belles mélodies Various Artists 5
1998 Strauß & Co: Walzerkönige spielen auf (Konzertvereinigung Wiener Volksopernorchester feat. conductor: Franz Bauer-Theussl) Various Artists 1
2010 101 Classics: The Best Loved Classical Melodies Various Artists 1
2013 101 Waltz Various Artists 1
150 Best Loved Melodies Various Artists 1
Gallery of Classical Music : Waltzes Various Artists 1
Klassisia suosikkisävelmiä 2 Various Artists 1
Les plus belles valses Naxos sur CJPX Various Artists 1
クラシック名曲小品集 Various Artists 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Grand Hotel Various Artists 1
The Classical Piano Various Artists 1

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Reader's Digest: 700 Years of Classical Treasures: A Tapestry in Music and Words Various Artists 1

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