|Written by||Johann Strauss II|
"The Blue Danube" is the popular name for "By the Beautiful Blue Danube," also known as "the Blue Danube Waltz". Although the piece by Johann Strauss, Jr. (as what would become categorized as his opus #314) was originally meant to have been accompanied by lyrics, the composer favored the orchestral version. It stands in this form as one of the most popular pieces of classical music today.
The song is used again in episode 124, this time featuring Zelda Rose as a librarian who conducts a group of noisy patrons (Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Hilda, Nigel, and Wayne and Wanda) as they cough, rustle paper, chew gum, etc to the tune of "The Blue Danube." This sketch was later marketed on its own as a Muppet Meeting Film "Teamwork in Action".
On Sesame Street, Madame Schwartzhead sings about front and back to this song. The song is also featured on the Sesame Street album, Elmo and the Orchestra. In Music Works Wonders, Big Bird, a duck, and a chicken make bird noises to the tune of "The Blue Danube." Later, Telly join in with his triangle instrument, Rosita use her feet to stomp, and Hoots the Owl play his saxophone to the tune.
"The Blue Danube Waltz" (also "Classical Chickens") is an Internet video starring Gonzo the Great, Camilla and some chickens. Gonzo conducts a rendition of "The Blue Danube" as clucked by chickens. Statler and Waldorf appear at the end.
The video was posted on various websites (including MySpace, YouTube, Vimeo, and others) in 2008. The video was said to be posted by Gonzo using such usernames as thegreatgonzo, weirdowhatever and bluenosedgeek.
The Blue Danube is the second part of the Looney Tunes cartoon entitled A Corny Concerto, which was released on September 25, 1943. It is a parody of Disney's Fantasia, and features an alternative version of The Ugly Duckling.
A mother swan and her three baby swans are swimming through a river to the waltz The Blue Danube. Young Daffy (the ugly duckling) tries to keep up with them, only to be stopped by the mother swan because of his undesirable looks. The vulture then flies down the river and takes each swan, one by one, but rejects young Daffy. Daffy puts on a sign that reads "Rejected 4F" (unfit for military service).
When the mother swan realizes her babies are missing, she desperately starts to look for the other three and is disinterested when she sees Daffy. Baby Daffy then finds the three baby swans and rescues them, killing the vulture in the process. In the aftermath, the vulture can be seen in a typical angel costume - white robes, a pair of wings, a halo and a harp.
Finally, the mother swan allows Daffy to tag along.
A Corny Concerto on YouTube