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Skaters' Waltz "Die Schlittschuhläufer" (Les Patineurs) Waldteufel Help Opus Details
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Waldteufel's Skaters' Waltz was inspired by an ice-skating club in the Bois de Boulogne, near Paris. The slow 6/8 introduction possibly depicts the wintry atmosphere at the Bois. At bar 18, waltz no 1 has a real gliding feel to it, whereas at bar 34 it seems to depict fast spinning. In waltz no 2, at bar 85, it becomes very energetic, perhaps the skaters are hurling each other around in great leaps.Sleigh bells are heard from bar 103, reminiscent of the snowy landscape. Waltzes 3 and 4 then glide away, and the Coda wraps up very energetically. The score is an orchestration (by Victor Gomersall) based on an original piano - director score for a palm-court orchestra, but with the piano and harmonium parts replaced by other orchestral instruments as appropriate.
Category: Waltz Orchestra Romantic Period
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1    Waltz No 1 - a gliding tune.

2    2nd theme in waltz No 1. Seems to be spinning around fast!

3    Waltz No 2 has great leaps in it.

4    Waltz No 3 - gliding once again.

5    Waltz No 4.
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