Chopin's 'Minute Waltz' played in under a minute sounds unsurprisingly terrible

7 February 2017, 10:44

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It requires 420 quarter notes in a minute - let's see how this guy gets on...

The Polish piano master's Waltz in D flat, Op. 64 No. 1 is an elegant and breathless tour of gentle pianistic virtuosity, usually clocking in at around 1 minute 49 seconds. Its popular name refers to the waltz's diminutive stature rather than any time requirements.

However, YouTuber Amadi1 seems very happy to take things a far to literally, for a bit of comic effect.

The waltz is 138 measures long, so the nimble-fingered pianist will have to smash out no fewer than 7 quarter notes a second in order to play it in the allotted minute.

The video begins with an appropriate disclaimer:

At this moment, Chopin speaks for all of us:

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