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.

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27 thoughts on “Did Chopin ever write a Spring Waltz?

  1. BVMRT6 says:

    You can copy a song, change the notes, and even the structure. But it still won’t make it yours.

  2. Bradack Von Munson Ridah Tangleturf VI says:

    Are you kidding me right now? First, the actual writer & composer of this version was Olivier Toussaint. Not Paul Senneville (though he co-wrote), or George Davison, or Richard Clayderman (though he performed it 1st). And where do you think Olivier Toussaint got it? The same person as Teddy Riley for “Blackstreet – Don’t Leave” and Daz Dillinger for “2pac – I Aint Mad at Cha”.

    Yes, the Youtube user posted the Olivier Toussaint version (performed by Paul Senneville) and was wrong about the song title. For both the original composer and that version. But not the original composer. It just happens to be one of his early works, although that too can be the subject of some debate, considering the majority of classical genre is just alternate versions of the same songs in varying keys & styles.

    Just as 2pac’s version is knowingly attributed to the Blackstreet version. While the Blackstreet version is the virtually unknown version of Oliver Toussaint’s. Clearly his version is an even lesser known version of Chopin’s. And because of time, it’s practically impossible to know now if Chopin’s version is really his, or that of another.

    As a composer myself, this is (and should be) a nightmare scenario for all musicians. To have your work one day completely forgotten is bad enough, but to have it attributed as the work of another due to mass ignorance is depressingly horrifying. More especially knowing some ignorant hack may one day take credit and claim rights.

    How scary is it that even with internet, millions of people still don’t have a clue & can’t get it right? To think…, one day people will hear Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” with no clue who wrote it or when it was made. And some guy who did a re-make 50 years prior, in 100 years from now, will get the credit. All while some other guy sitting in his bedroom pretends to know the truth and claims song rights via his Casio keyboard version. smh Nightmarish indeed.

  3. Marco says:

    There is a piano piece by Chopin called “Wiosna”, which means “Spring” in Polish, and it is a waltz. It could be chosen by piano students in 2013/2014 for the ABRSM Grade 3 exam.

  4. Dziadek Pawel says:

    Beautiful composition from the beginning but did not suit me to Chopin …

  5. Han Hyo Joo says:

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

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