A waltz is a 3/4
What is now called the Viennese waltz is the original form of the waltz. It was the first ballroom dance performed in the closed hold or “waltz” position. It originated in Austria. It is a couple’s dance and when first introduced it was frowned upon by society. The original form of the waltz was used in the 13th century by peasants it developed and by the end of the 16th century, the people of Vienna embraced the Waltz.
Polonaise & Mazurka
What is the difference between a Polonaise 3/4 and a Mazurka 3/4?
Both are Polish the difference is in the rhythms. The Mazurka is in triple time with the accent on the 2nd or 3rd beats. Polish folk dance in a circle, characterised by stamping feet and clicking heels and traditionally danced to the music of a village band. It has a lively tempo.
The Polonaise isless lively played ar a moderate tempo the rhythm gives a stately march like impression. A dignified ceremonial dance that from the 17th to 19th century often court balls and other royal functions.
It was a stately court dance introduced into England in the 16th century. The accent generally comes on the third beat. It is in either 2/2 or 4/4.