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(Fr. Côtelettes, cutlets; Ger. Koteletten Walzer).

Anonymous quick waltz tune for pf. first pub. London 1877 as ‘the celebrated Chop Waltz’. It is perf. with 2 outstretched forefingers or with the flat hands held perpendicularly, the notes being struck by their sides (i.e. with the outsides of the little fingers), with a tonic‐dominant vamping bass part and an occasional touch of glissando. The name therefore refers to chopping and to Chinese eating utensils. There is a coll. of comps. based on a similar tune—Paraphrases, by Borodin, Cui, Lyadov, Rimsky‐Korsakov, and Liszt (1877).

Subjects: Music.

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