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Season 136 - Day 5 of 14

Classical Music

Every year on New Year's Day, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra's annual concert of classical music is broadcast to countries all over the world.
What is the name of the piece of music written by Johann Strauss the Elder, which is always played as a jubilant encore, and where the audience take an active part by clapping and stamping their feet?
Along with the Blue Danube waltz by Johann Strauss Jr., the piece became an unofficial Austrian national anthem.
In 1932 Joseph Roth published a novel named after this particular piece of music, chronicling the decline and fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.


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