Dog Waltz is a small and extremely unpretentious piece for piano. And very often it is with her that the student's acquaintance with playing this musical instrument begins. It is interesting that this piece is not a waltz, in the proper sense of the word. Since it is performed not in a 3/4 waltz size, but in a 4/4 or 2/4 size. This composition is much closer to other dances - gallop or polka.
Did you know that "Dog Waltz" is actually not always "dog waltz", as in different countries it has a different name. The multilingual names of the dog waltz were brought together by the Japanese musicologist Hiromi Oketani, and this is what happened:
In Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway - Flea Waltz.
In Finland - Cat's Polka.
In Bulgaria - Cat's March.
In Hungary - Donkey March.
In France it is called a chop.
In Denmark - Princess Biped or Meatballs run over the fence.
In Mallorca - the Polka of Fools.
In Korea - Cat dance.
In Mexico - Little Monkeys.
In Japan, it has an interesting name "I stepped on a cat."
In China - March of thieves.
In Spain - Shokoladnitsa (dishes).
In Switzerland - Cutlet waltz.
In Sweden - Kale Johansson.
Note that the titles of this play are dominated by themes - the themes of "flea", "cat" and "cutlet". And in principle, the characters appearing in the titles of the play are, in turn, very funny and funny characters of interesting fairy tales and funny stories (monkeys, donkeys, thieves, fools).
The authorship of this melody is not reliably certain. At the same time, you can find information about the belonging of this play to Frederic Chopin, this information is erroneous and relies on a misunderstanding. Chopin wrote the waltz in D flat major, op.64№1, which has the second name "Waltz of the Little Dog". Moreover, there are two versions of the appearance of this work. The first claims that Chopin was inspired to write this waltz by a picture of a dog chasing its tail. Another version claims that the owner of this dog, Georges Sand, asked Chopin to write a waltz in honor of her beloved dog, the Marquis. But no matter how you look, this is a completely different composition.
German musicologist Eric Baumann wrote a humorous biography of the fictional composer Ferdinand Lo, to whom he credits the dog waltz. The fictional composer's surname is derived from the German word for flea. As a variant of this play, there is the famous song "First Lesson" by Russ Coway, released in 1962.