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Did Chopin ever write a Spring Waltz?

May 31st, 2017|Various|26 Comments

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. 

26 Comments

  1. Mouri June 7, 2018 at 5:02 pm - Reply

    Nice playing..love ur ver­sion Mr Jacob

  2. Efrii May 10, 2018 at 8:46 am - Reply

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

  3. Talbo April 4, 2018 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    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. Talbo April 4, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    Minor cor­rec­tion, the video can be found under this url https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFJ7kDva7JE . It has 27 mil­lion views so it must be the one.

  5. Ophelia P April 4, 2018 at 2:40 pm - Reply

    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.

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