“Minute Waltz” Inspired by a Poodle

Listen to the video first, and you’ll better appreciate the story behind it.

What you just heard is Frederic Chopin’s famous piece popularly known as the “Minute Waltz,” but its proper name is the Little Dog Waltz (Op. 64 No. 1 Waltz in D-flat major). As the story goes, the composer, Chopin, composed the piece in 1846 after watching his mistress’ Poodle, “Marquis,” chase its tail. We can’t prove it one way or the other, but we’re not sure we want to, either. His mistress, by the way, was the famous French novelist, George Sand, who by all accounts adored her dog.

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For another version of this famous piece, and complete and utter silliness (and we did warn you), check out the video below:

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