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"The devil take the waltz, my only regret is for the coda—I wish that had been a success!", Johann Strauss II said

I don't understand what he said, and what he means to.

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Which part of this construction do you not understand? I think it's all General Reference, but I'll wait awhile before voting to close, in case clarification improves the question. –  FumbleFingers Jun 19 '12 at 15:15

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"The Devil take _____" is a somewhat archaic way of saying "I don't care about ____" - after all, the Devil can have it.

As for a Coda, it is the final portion of a piece of music - and in the case of the Blue Danube, the segment of which Strauss was proudest.

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And even though he was proudest of that part, it seems even that was not well received generally. (He didn't care that the rest of it wasn't well received) –  Andrew Leach Jun 19 '12 at 15:19
    
As from my understanding, so he not care what the waltz music like but he want to put his sadness to the end of song. Is my understanding true ? –  Atom Skaa ska Hic Jun 19 '12 at 15:26
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@AtomSkaaskaHic Not exactly - after all, he wrote the song. More accurately, he didn't care what people thought of the waltz - it was unimportant to him, so long as they liked the Coda. (Sadly, they did not.) –  LessPop_MoreFizz Jun 19 '12 at 15:28

Judging from the idiom "The devil take the hindmost" I would say that the writer wasn't really that fond of the piece in general, but just the portion of it called the "coda".

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"Devil take the hindmost" has nothing to do with fondness for something; it instead says that those who lag behind will receive no aid, ie stragglers are out of luck. Also, per wiktionary, look to yourself first. –  jwpat7 Jul 18 '12 at 4:56

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