Dancing Dog Day: Ending on a classical note
We conclude today’s series on dancing dogs with a non-dancing one — a pug who seems not the least bit inspired by Chopin’s “Minute Waltz.”
Not everyone knows this — unless they have been classically trained, read Camille Bourniquel’s riveting (I’m guessing) biography of Chopin, or visited Wikipedia — but the composer got the inspiration for the waltz as he watched a small dog chase its tail.
The little dog, named Marquis, belonged to French novelist George Sand.
(Sand, despite being named “George,” was a woman. “The Minute Waltz” despite being named “Minute,” generally lasts about two minutes — “minute,” in its case, being used to mean small.)
Chopin initially named the piece “Valse du petit chien,” or “The Little Dog Waltz.”