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Iosif Ivanovici

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 Banat Serbian origin, best remembered today for his waltz Waves of the Danube.

Ivanovici was born in Timișoara,Temesvar, Austria-Hungary. 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.

Birth and Death Data: Born 1845 (Timișoara), Died September 28th, 1902 (Bucharest)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1902 - 1938

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer

Recordings (Results 26-38 of 38 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Columbia 6408 12-in. approximately 1914 Donauwellen waltz Alexander Prince Concertina solo composer  
Columbia 21732 10-in. between 1911 and 1915 Danube waves Pietro Deiro Accordion solo composer  
Columbia 44477 10-in. approximately 1917 Carmen Sylva Columbia Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Brunswick C7173 10-in. 1/3/1931 Ondas del Danubio Orquesta Tipica Torreblanca Orchestra composer  
Brunswick XE27383 12-in. 4/20/1928 Danube waves waltz Brunswick Concert Orchestra Orchestra composer  
Edison 461 Not documented 12/10/1910 Danube waves Orchestra (unidentified; Edison Records) Orchestra composer  
Edison 665 Not documented approximately Apr. 1911 Blue Danube waltz National Promenade Band Band composer  
Edison 6807 10-in. 5/26/1919 Waves of the Danube Frieda Hempel Soprano vocal solo, with orchestra composer  
Edison 9187 10-in. 10/2/1923 Danube waves waltz Peerless Orchestra Instrumental ensemble composer  
Edison 11769 10-in. 6/29/1927 Danube waves waltz Joe Green Novelty Marimba Band Marimba band composer  
Gramophone 10L 10-in. 1902 Donauwellen Konigliche Bairische Infantrie Liebregiment Band composer  
Gramophone CWR901 12-in. 3/18/1927 Danube waves Marek Weber Orchestra Jazz/dance band composer  
Gramophone 10273b 10-in. Mar. 1907 El Danubio azul Alexander Prince Concertina solo composer  
(Results 26-38 of 38 records)


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Ivanovici, Iosif," accessed October 26, 2021,

Ivanovici, Iosif. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 26, 2021, from

"Ivanovici, Iosif." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 26 October 2021.

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