Les Patineurs (waltz)

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Les Patineurs Valse or The Skaters' Waltz or Der Schlittschuhläufer-Walzer (German), Op. 183, is a waltz by Émile Waldteufel.

Rink of Skaters at the Bois de Boulogne(painted by Renoir, 1868)

It was composed in 1882, inspired by the Cercle des Patineurs or Rink of Skaters at the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. The introduction to the waltz can be likened to the poise of a skater, and the rapid runs invoke scenes of a wintry atmosphere. Bells were added for good measure to complete the winter scenery.

It was published by Hopwood & Crew and was dedicated to Ernest Coquelin, the younger brother of two celebrated actor brothers of the Comédie Française.

Key and structure[edit]

The overall key is A major. Among the subsections (Introduction - Waltzes 1, 2, 3 & 4 - Coda) the key alternates between the tonic (A major) and the subdominant (D major).

Introduction


 \relative g'' {
  \new PianoStaff <<
   \new Staff { \key fis \minor \time 6/8
    \set Score.tempoHideNote = ##t
     \tempo "Andante." 8. = 64
    r2.\p r4 r8 r r16 \ottava #1 \set Staff.ottavation = #"8" e'32_\markup { brillante. }( fis gis a b cis d16) \ottava #0 r r d,32( cis b a gis fis e16) r r \ottava #1 \set Staff.ottavation = #"8" e'32( fis gis a b cis d16) \ottava #0 r r d,32( cis b a gis fis) e\ff([ fis gis a b cis d cis b a gis fis] e[ fis gis a b cis d cis b a gis fis])
   }
   \new Staff { \key fis \minor \time 6/8 \clef bass
    e,4. b4 b8 e,4.~\fermata_\markup { a tempo. } e8 r16 \clef treble gis''32( a b cis d e fis16) \ottava #0 r r fis,32( e d cis b a gis16) r r gis'32( a b cis d e fis16) \ottava #0 r r fis,32( e d cis b a) gis([ a b cis d e fis e d cis b a] gis[ a b cis d e fis e d cis b a])
   }
  >>
 }

Waltz 1


 \relative g'' {
  \new PianoStaff <<
   \new Staff { \key fis \minor \time 3/4
    \set Score.tempoHideNote = ##t
     \tempo "espressivo." 2. = 64
    cis,,2.\p( e2 fis4) fis2.~ fis d2.\<( fis2 gis4\!) gis2.~\> gis\! b\p( a2 cis,4) e2.( <d fis>2 cis4) <cis gis'>2. <b gis'> <a a'>~ <a a'>4 r r
   }
   \new Staff { \key fis \minor \time 3/4 \clef bass
   a, <e' a> <e a> cis <e a> <e a> b <d e gis> <d e gis> e, <d' e gis> <d e gis> b <d e gis> <d e gis> e, <d' e gis> <d e gis> cis <e a> <e a> cis <e a> <e a> fis, <a' fis cis> <a fis cis> fis, <a' fis cis> <a fis cis> b, <a' fis d> <a fis d> b, <a' fis d> <a fis d>e, <d' e gis> <d e gis> e, <d' e gis> <d e gis> a <cis e> <cis e> <cis e> r r
   }
  >>
 }

Waltz 2


 \relative c' {
  \new PianoStaff <<
   \new Staff { \key b \minor \time 3/4
    \set Score.tempoHideNote = ##t
     \tempo "" 2. = 64
      \partial 2
  fis8( a d fis b4) r a r \slashedGrace a8( a'4) r cis,,,2.->~ cis4 g'8( a cis e b'4) r a r \slashedGrace a8( a'4) r d,,,2.->~ d4 fis8( a d fis b4) r a r \slashedGrace a8( a'4) r cis,,,2.->~ cis4 \slashedGrace cis'8( cis'4) r eis,,2.~ eis4 \slashedGrace eis'8( eis'4) r fis,,2.~ fis4
   }
   \new Dynamics {
    s\f
      }
   \new Staff { \key b \minor \time 3/4 \clef bass \partial 2
      r4 r d, <fis a> <fis a> a, <fis' a> <fis a> e <g a> <g a> a, <g' a> <g a> e <g a> <g a> a, <g' a> <g a> d <fis a> <fis a> a, <fis' a> <fis a> d <fis a> <fis a> d <fis a> <fis a> cis <fis a> <fis a> cis <fis a cis> <fis a cis> cis <gis' b cis> <gis b cis> cis, <gis' b cis> <gis b cis> <fis a cis> r cis fis,
   }
  >>
 }

Waltz 3


 \relative c' {
  \new PianoStaff <<
   \new Staff { \key fis \minor \time 3/4
    \set Score.tempoHideNote = ##t
     \tempo "" 2. = 64
   { cis''2._\markup { \italic espressivo. }( e,)  }
        <<
   {\voiceOne e2.->( dis2.)} 
    \new Voice
   {\voiceTwo a2.~ a2.}
        >>
\oneVoice b'2.( d,2.)
        <<
   {\voiceOne d2.->( cis)}
    \new Voice
   {\voiceTwo <a e>~ <a e>} 
        >>
\oneVoice b2_\markup { \italic cresc. }( cis4) d( gis4. fis8) fis2. eis b2( cis4) d\< cis'4.\! b8 a2. gis   
   }
   \new Dynamics {}
   \new Staff { \key fis \minor \time 3/4 \clef bass
    {a,,,4 <e' a cis> <e a cis> a,4 <e' a cis> <e a cis>}
<<
{\stemDown s4 <a b e> <a b e> s <a b dis> <a b dis> s <a b d> <a b d> s <gis b d> <gis b d> }
\\
{fis2. fis f e}
\\
{fis2. fis f e}
>>
{a,4 <e' a d> <e a d> a,4 <e' a cis> <e a cis> d <fis b> <fis b> b, <fis' b d> <fis b d> cis <gis' b fis'> <gis b fis'> cis, <gis' b eis> <gis b eis> d <fis b d> <fis b d> b, <fis' b d> <fis b d> }
<<
{\stemDown s4 <b d> <b d> s <b d> <b d>}
\\
{e,2. eis2.}
\\
{e2. eis2.}
>>
}
  >>
 }

Waltz 4


 \relative c' {
  \new PianoStaff <<
   \new Staff { \key b \minor \time 3/4
    \set Score.tempoHideNote = ##t
     \tempo "" 2. = 64
      fis'2.( cis4 d fis) b,2.~ b g'( dis4 e g) cis,2.~ cis  \set crescendoText = \markup { \italic { cresc.  poco  a  poco} }
  \set crescendoSpanner = #'text \override DynamicTextSpanner.style = #'none a'\< eis4( fis a d,2.) cis4( d fis e,2.)\sf dis4\p( e a) d,2.~ d4 r r
   }
   \new Dynamics {
    s\mf
      }
   \new Staff { \key b \minor \time 3/4 \clef bass 
    << {\stemDown s4 <fis, a d> <fis a d> s4 <a d> <a d> s4 <b d> <b d> s2. s4 <g b e> <g b e> s4 <b e> <b e> s <cis e> <cis e>  s2. s4 <a cis> <a cis> s <a cis> <a cis> \once \stemUp b, <fis' b d> <fis b d> d <fis b d> <fis b d> s4 <g bes d> <g bes d> \once \stemUp a, <g' a cis> <g a cis> d <fis a> <fis a> <fis a> r r}
\\
{\slurUp d2. fis g fis4( g b e,2.) g a gis4( a cis fis,2.) fis s2. s e2.}
\\
{d2. fis g s2. e g a s2. fis fis s2. s e2.}>>
   } >> 
 }

Coda


 \relative c' {
  \new PianoStaff <<
   \new Staff { \key fis \minor \time 3/4
    \set Score.tempoHideNote = ##t
     \tempo "" 2. = 64
     r2_\markup { \italic risoluto. } r4 r8 b' d fis b fis e2. r8 b d fis b fis e8 r \ottava #1 \set Staff.ottavation = #"8"
       \voiceTwo b''16( a gis fis e8) r \ottava #0 b16( a gis fis e8) r d16( cis b a gis8) r r4 r r2 r4
   }
   \new Dynamics {
    s2\ff s4 s8 s s s s s s2. s8 s s s s s s8 s s16_\markup { \italic brillante. }
      }
   \new Staff { \key fis \minor \time 3/4 \clef bass
      <gis, b d e>8 <gis b d e> <gis b d e>4 <gis b d e> <a b d fis>2. <gis b d e>8 <gis b d e> <gis b d e>4 <gis b d e> <a b d fis>2. <gis b d e>8 r r4 r r r d'16( cis b a gis8) r r4 r e,\p r r
   }
  >>
 }

Use in motion pictures[edit]

Les Patineurs Valse has featured in dozens of films, from the earliest talkies to the present, including The Hollywood Revue of 1929, My Favorite Wife, Chariots of Fire, A Simple Wish, My Beautiful Laundrette, and Wife vs. Secretary. It was also played at Rose's "coming-out" ball in London in the last episode of Season 4 of the TV show Downton Abbey, as well as in the episode "Secret Shopper" of the kids' TV show Fanboy & Chum Chum. It was used in the original version of the children's television series Pingu in the third episode, "The New Arrival". It is also on the compilation Andy Williams Christmas Show DVD in a scene from his 1967 Christmas show on television. A music-box version is used in the Japanese movie Himizu.

Use in other media[edit]

The music is played in every level of the NES game Antarctic Adventure.

A small part of it is played in the TV series Daredevil.

"The Skater's Waltz" is also a music record in Nintendogs + Cats.

This piece was remixed in Nintendo's 2005 video game Dance Dance Revolution Mario Mix, as a song called "Rendezvous on Ice" that plays when Mario is skating away from an avalanche down a mountain.

This piece was shortened in Sega's 2009 Wii video game Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Winter Games.

"The Skater's Waltz" is used in the 1985 BBC children's television show Galloping Galaxies![1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Block, Bob (22 August 2011). "Galloping Galaxies". YouTube. Retrieved 2 December 2017.

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