Did Chopin ever write a Spring Waltz?

About the Spring Waltz

Accord­ing to YouTube the sec­ond most pop­u­lar piece com­posed by famous pol­ish com­poser Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) is his so-called Spring Waltz.

But… did Chopin really write a Spring Waltz? Well… no, Frédéric Chopin com­posed numer­ous waltzes but the Spring Waltz was not one of them. The actual piece play­ing in all of these videos is Mariage d’Amour com­posed by french com­poser Paul de Sen­neville in 1987. Fur­ther­more it does­n’t alle­vi­ate the con­fu­sion that this piece exists in two ver­sions: the orig­i­nal ver­sion which is per­formed by Richard Clay­der­man and a rearranged ver­sion per­formed by George David­son. The “Spring Waltz” is the George David­son ver­sion. Lis­ten to the piece below.

It’s not even a waltz!

The first thing you may notice when you hear the piece is that it’s not even a waltz. It’s writ­ten in 4/​4 and a waltz is writ­ten in 3/​4. If you are a reg­u­lar lis­tener of clas­si­cal music this will prob­a­bly also stand out for you as some­thing writ­ten in present time. Clas­si­cal music is often far more com­plex.

So why this con­fu­sion? Well, I per­son­ally believe it was a pop­u­lar YouTube upload titled “Chopin — Spring Waltz” which caused the whole thing (but I can’t know for sure). The video has now been removed (and replaced by oth­ers) but I think it reached around 25M views — that exact video even fooled me! 🙁

Does a Spring Waltz exist?

How the uploader even came up with the title is mys­te­ri­ous since I can’t find a sin­gle piece called Spring Waltz — the title does­n’t even seem to exist any­where except for a Japan­ese TV show which, I guess, does­n’t have too much to do with Chopin. If you’ve heard about an actual piece called Spring Waltz let me know in the com­ment sec­tion.

I hope I was able to clear up the con­fu­sion about this piece. Unfor­tu­nately I think the power of social media will make it hard to erase this mis­take what­so­ever. Remem­ber, this is a beau­ti­ful piece which deserves to be cred­ited appro­pri­ately. /​Jacob


  1. Please share info on the sheet music you used. You are a beau­ti­ful soul, it reflects in the way you play it. Thanks for shar­ing

    • Hi! It’s not a dumb ques­tion. Hon­estly, I can even give you a very good answer to that, but here’s what I know:

      I own the rights to the “sound record­ing” of this par­tic­u­lar ver­sion. But since it’s a cover the rights to “musi­cal com­po­si­tion” does not belong to me. Nor­mally if you want to use a sound record­ing in a movie then you need a syn­chro­niza­tion license (or just per­mis­sion from the owner — this is quite hard if the owner is for exam­ple Uni­ver­sal Music). I don’t know how to obtain that, but for pop­u­lar music it should be quite easy.
      BUT when it comes to my ver­sion of the song I’m not sure you can obtain a sync license for it (I think I need to reg­is­ter the record­ing some­where which I haven’t) and I don’t know if my direct per­mis­sion is enough now that I don’t own the “musi­cal com­po­si­tion” part of the copy­right… So my hon­est answer to your ques­tion is that I don’t really know how you can legally use my ver­sion. Maybe you can just use it with my per­mis­sion but I’m not sure 🙂

  2. Thank you for this info, I feel like this so unfair. When you creat some­thing as beau­ti­ful as this, you need to be rec­og­nized for it. I will spread the word.

  3. On fur­ther inves­tige­tion it’s just a reu­pload. Accord­ing to wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mariage_d%27amour ‘This ver­sion is some­times erro­neously attrib­uted to Frédéric Chopin as “Spring Waltz” because of an upload on YouTube with the wrong title, which had reached over 34 mil­lion views before finally being removed. As of May 2017, sev­eral new copies with that erro­neous title are avail­able on YouTube.’

  4. Thank you for the exact expla­na­tion of the error.
    The actual ver­sion of the song sounds def­i­nitely bet­ter.

  5. I studyed this arrang­ment, but i not have a piano with 90 keys like mr David­son’s piano, or mr David­son in bar 45 have done a big mis­take writ­ing one D out of key­board, I try to play bar 45 as it is write, but my fifth fin­ger find wood instead one key!!

  6. I instantly fell in love with your piano play­ing the first time I came across Mariage d’Amour on You Tube. And I am still very much in love with your music, hav­ing down­loaded all your sin­gles and EPs from Apple Music. I can really feel all the emo­tions when I lis­ten to your music, it’s like my soul is caressed and enchanted at the same time. It’s an expe­ri­ence I’ve never had before, even with Richard Clay­der­man.

  7. All the peo­ple who under­stand music and compozitor.s style can notice…this ‘Chopib Spring Valse is not Chopin’s com­pon­is­tic style.Everyone can post some­thing in youtube even if they don.t know…It.s a fake information…This is my oppin­ion.

  8. Spring Waltz was a Korean drama not Japan­ese
    There were some musi­cal pieces fea­tured
    I starred in it in 2006

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