Frédéric Chopin
Waltz 6
in D-flat Major, Op. 64 No. 1

This bright, sparkling waltz is one of Chopin’s most popular pieces. It's been said that he was inspired to compose it when watching a dog chase its tail.

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Frédéric Chopin - Waltzes:

Waltz 6
Op. 64 No. 1

Key: D-flat Major
Year: 1847
Level: 7
Period: Early Romantic
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Dog dance..?

It's been said that Chopin was inspired to write this waltz when he was watching a dog chase its tail, and it has a kind of playful, frantic quality as well as many swirling passages that would suggest something along those lines. The passagework fits the hand very well, and many pianists will find that the right-hand notes are much easier to play than it sounds, even to the point where it can be hard for the left to follow with the necessary lightness and transparence. Apart from being a very effective show piece, this is in many ways an ideal exercise in the control of fast passagework and flowing waltz accompaniment.


The Waltz in D-flat major, Op. 64 No. 1, is commonly known as "The Minute Waltz," with an emphasis on the second syllable. The implication is therefore that this is a "small" waltz, not a waltz intended to be played in a minute as many people believe. A performance typically lasts between a minute and a half and two minutes. The waltz was written in 1847, only two years before Chopin’s death, and was dedicated to the Countess Delfina Potocka.

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Waltz Op. 64 No. 1 in D-flat Major, by the early romantic composer Frédéric Chopin. This piano piece was initially published in the year 1847 and is included in Waltzes by Chopin.