Les Patineurs or The Skaters or Die Schlittschuhläufer Op. 183, is a waltz composed in 1882 by French pianist and composer of popular music as well as waltzes and polkas Émile Waldteufel, Known in English as The Skaters Waltz, it was inspired by the Cercle des Patineurs or ‘Rink of Skaters’ at the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. However, Waldteufel became best known for this waltz.
His introduction to the waltz can be likened to the poise of a skater and the glissando notes invoke scenes of a wintry atmosphere. The other themes that follow are graceful and swirling, as if to depict a ring of skaters in their glory. Bells were also added for good measure to complete the winter scenery.
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