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.
OSMM/MWSO Les patineurs/The Skaters Waltz (op. 183) -- E.WALDTEUFEL
Extrait du concert "Joie sur Terre" de L'Orchestre Symphonique des Musiciens du Monde et de L' Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes de Joliette dirigé par Georges-Étienne d'Entremont avec les danseurs de l'École de danse
Arthur Murray, Christopher Panasuc et Amber Copeland
Excerpt of the "Joie To The World" concert with the Montreal Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra and L' Orchestre Symphonique des Jeunes de Joliette conduct by Georges-Étienne d'Entremont with the Star Dancers of Arthur
Murray's dance school, Christopher Panasuc and Amber Copeland
Les Patineurs or The Skaters or Die Schlittschuhläufer Op. 183, is a waltz by Émile Waldteufel (1837 - 1915).
Known in English as The Skaters' Waltz, it was composed in 1882 and was inspired by the Cercle des Patineurs or 'Rink of Skaters' at the Bois de Boulogne in Paris. 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.
Conductor: Alfred Walter
Orchestra: Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra