Gertrude's Dream Waltz

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Title page of 1854 US edition

"Gertrude's Dream Waltz" (German: "Gertrudes Traumwalzer") is a piece of music in B-flat major for solo piano attributed to Ludwig van Beethoven.[1] It is cataloged as Kinsky-Halm Anhang 16, nr. 2.[2] There is debate as to whether or not Beethoven actually wrote the piece, as it is a waltz and doesn't fit with Beethoven's other compositions at the time.[2][3] It is unknown in what year it was composed, although it was published in 1852 by Fritz Schuberth in Leipzig, Germany.[2] It was first published in the United States in 1854 by J. E. Gould of Philadelphia, with variations by Charles Grobe, under the title "Enchanting Dreams".[4][5]

The piece is part of the chamber music repertoire, although not frequently performed. For example, it was performed by the Ciompi Quartet (with additional performers) on July 16, 2005.[6] There is at least one commercial recording available.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Gertruds Traumwalzer", in B flat major
  2. ^ a b c Mark S. Zimmer; Willem (2004). "Gertrude's Dream waltz for piano, Anhang 16, nr. 2". The Unheard Beethoven. Retrieved 31 May 2007. "This waltz is almost certainly not by Beethoven (who wrote practically zero waltzes, and nothing in the style of this composition)." 
  3. ^ "GERTRUDE'S DREAM WALTZ". Music Dispatch Catalog. Retrieved 31 May 2007. "Although this piece has been erroneously attributed to Beethoven, it remained a fixture of many student pianists' repertoire well into the 20th century." 
  4. ^ "Gertrude's dream waltz, with variations, op. 425 / (1854)". Scientific Commons. Retrieved 4 June 2007. 
  5. ^ "Gertrude's dream waltz, with variations, op. 425". Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music. US Library of Congress. Retrieved 4 June 2007. 
  6. ^ Karen Moorman (July 2006). "Ciompi Quartet & Friends". Classical Voice of North Carolina. Classical Voice of North Carolina. Retrieved 9 June 2007. "Inserting optional interludes ("Gertrude's Dream Waltz" by Beethoven and "When This Cruel War is Over" by Henry Tucker) seemingly intended to be quaint, the performers shared a convincing reading." 
  7. ^ "Album of Progressive Piano Classics". Online Catalog. Music Forte, Inc. Retrieved 9 June 2007. 
  8. ^ "Hill Collection: G". Online catalog. University of Arizona Library. Retrieved 9 June 2007. 

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