Weber: Invitation to the Dance in D-flat Major, J. 260, Op. 65
Invitation to the Dance, Op. 65, J. 260, is a piano piece in rondo form written by Carl Maria von Weber in 1819. Berlioz created a well-known orchestration of it in 1841. Weber dedicated Invitation to the Dance to his wife Caroline, labeling the work "rondeau brillante".
It was the first concert waltz to be written: that is, the first work in waltz form meant for listening rather than for dancing. It was also the first piece that, rather than being a tune for the dancers to dance to or a piece of abstract music, was a programmatic description of the dancers themselves. Invitation to the Dance quickly became part of the standard perforance repertoire and was frequently perfermed by Franz Liszt, Frédéric Chopin, and many other pianists.