Skater’s Waltz

Emile Waldteufel’s famous composition from 1882 is known in English as ‘The Skaters’ Waltz’.  It was inspired by the sight of Parisians skating on the frozen Seine river.  Waldteufel wrote over 200 works, but this is the piece he is best remembered for and this is one of the most famous wintery pieces in classical music.  It is a happy piece of music that brings images of the poise of a skater being graceful and swirling, spinning around in their glory.  Bells are often added for good measure to complete the winter scenery.  This charming arrangement makes you want to sway with the music while you think about beautiful ice skaters competing.  The waltz tempo and new lyrics by Peggy Aranowski depict a fun time out on the ice. I got most of the lyrics, which were surprisingly difficult to find, but some of them may be incorrect.

Gently we glide
Smoothly we slide
Softly we dance to
The skater’s waltz
Swinging to the left
Swinging to the right
As we dip and sway
Following a beat
Gliding on our feet
As the music plays
Dancers circle around
To the one two three sound
Of the beautiful ice skater’s waltz
Swinging to the left
Swinging to the right
Following a beat
Gliding on our feet
Dancing around to the skater’s waltz

Written for Paula’s Thursday Inspiration 36 where this week’s theme is skating.

9 thoughts on “Skater’s Waltz

  1. That is a beautiful performance hall and the giant screen behind them with the skaters is perfect. Everyone in the orchestra dolled up. And the song, yes, I remember this from so long ago, probably as a child. Isn’t it a song also used at the circus? Seems like it.

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